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Mar 08 Norway finishes 5-0 in women's handball pool play

Aug. 17, 2008, 11:11 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Norway defeated Romania 24-23 Sunday in a matchup of unbeatens in Olympic women's handball.

Kristine Lunde scored the game winner in the 58th minute of a match that was tied nine times in the second half. The Norwegians (5-0) won Group A and finished as the only unbeaten, untied team.

Romania (4-1) had won its pool play matches by an average of 10 goals. Both squads advanced to the quarterfinals, which begin Tuesday.

China (2-3) defeated France (2-3) 21-18 in must-win match for the hosts. Both teams both qualified for the quarterfinals in Group A.

Kazakhstan tied Angola 24-24, a result that meant both Group A teams failed to reach the medal round. Kazakhstan (1-3-1) needed a win to have a chance, and led 24-21 before Angola (0-4-1) closed with three goals, including the game-tying score by Ilda Maria Bengue, in the 59th minute.

The Group B winner was Russia after a 30-29 win over Germany. Natalia Shipilova scored the game-winner in the final minute for the Russians (4-0-1). Germany (1-4) was eliminated from medal contention.

In other Group B action, Sweden eliminated Brazil with a 25-22 win and South Korea defeated Hungary 33-22.

Sweden and Brazil were tied at 18 in the 45th minute before Sweden (2-3) held on to earn a quarterfinal berth and knock Brazil (1-3-1) out of contention for a medal.

South Korea (3-1-1) and Hungary (2-2-1) both have qualified for the quarterfinals.

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