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Russia beats France in women's handball

Aug. 19, 2008, 11:10 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Russia needed two overtimes to prevail over France on Tuesday in the Olympic women's field hockey quarterfinals.

The 32-31 win enabled the Russians to advance to play Hungary in the semifinals Thursday.

Russia went unbeaten in pool play, but it didn't matter. France, which barely made the quarterfinals, led 16-12 at halftime.

Ekaterina Andryushina's goal for Russia with about a minute left in regulation tied the match at 24 and forced extra time.

The match was tied at 24 at the end of regulation. In the first overtime, Yana Uskova scored the tying goal for Russia.

Natalia Shipilova scored the game-winner for Russia in the final minute. France's Veronique Pecqueux-Rolland couldn't connect on a shot in the final seconds that would have forced a penalty shootout.

Hungary upset Romania 34-30, and will play Russia for a berth in the gold-medal game. Bernadett Ferling and Monika Kovacsicz both scored seven goals for Hungary. Ramona Maier scored on 11 of 13 shots for Romania, but Hungary's more balanced offensive strategy prevailed.

The Romanians were unbeaten until closing pool play with a one-goal loss to Norway.

South Korea will play Norway in the other semifinal.

South Korea defeated China 31-23. Park Chung-hee scored eight goals and Moon Pil-hee scored six for the Koreans.

Norway never trailed in its 31-24 win over Sweden. Tonje Larsen and Else Marthe Soerlie Lybekk both scored six goals for the Norwegians, who led 16-10 at halftime and coasted from there.

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