Russia, Romania, Norway stay unbeaten in handball

Aug. 15, 2008, 10:32 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Russia, Romania and Norway all earned victories Friday to stay perfect at women's Olympic handball.

Hungary (2-1-1) overcame an early first-half deficit for a 13-12 lead, but world champion Russia led 16-15 at halftime before using a 14-5 run to triumph, 33-24, and clinch Group B.

Romania closed out the first half on a 10-2 run and Ramona Maier scored five of her seven goals from that point in a 28-23 victory over Angola. Romania stayed tied for the lead with Norway in Group A while Angola cannot advance after falling to 0-4.

Norway matched Romania's 4-0 record with a 34-24 win over France. Katja Nyberg and Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth scored six goals apiece for the Norwegians.

Ana Rodrigues scored in the final minute to lift Brazil to a 33-32 win over previously undefeated South Korea (2-1-1), which had already qualified for the quarterfinals. The Brazilians (1-1-2) kept their chances of reaching the last eight alive, thanks to their first victory.

Kazakhstan (1-0-3) remained in the hunt for a spot in the final eight after hanging on for a 29-26 victory over China.

Wang Shasha's goal closed China to within one in the 45th minute, but the Kazakhs responded with two straight goals and led by two the rest of the way. China (1-0-3) would have clinched a quarterfinals spot with a win and still can with a victory against France (2-0-2) on the final day of group play Sunday.

Teresa Utkovic's last-minute goal gave Sweden a 27-26 victory over Germany, which dropped its third straight.

Both teams are tied with 1-0-3 records in Group B.