With its large success against South Korea (32-22), Friday, its fifth in five games, the team of France is already qualified for the quarterfinals of the World Handball. Estelle Nze Minko and her teammates can therefore approach the last match of their main round, this Sunday, with serenity. In a clash for first place in their group, they will face hosts Norway and heavy favourites for the title.
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Reigning European and world champions - beating France in the final - the Scandinavian selection, which has distributed the cards since the beginning of the tournament and is also undefeated, seems almost untouchable. But this XXL test will allow Les Bleues to gauge their level and, why not, to gain the psychological upper hand before a possible rematch for the gold medal, next Sunday. There is no need for an apothecary calculation to qualify for the Olympic Games, however: both nations have already validated their tickets.
"It's an important match to finish first, we're going to play it hard," coach Olivier Krumbholz said at a press conference on Friday. We need to prepare for a quarter-final that is bound to be difficult and this match comes at the right time to continue to raise our level. [...] We're asking the players to be serious, we're not going to start doing anything. To get ahead of their opponents of the day in the standings, a win will be mandatory, the goal difference being largely against the French.
The Women's World Handball match between France and Norway is scheduled for 20:30 p.m. this Sunday, December 10, and will be broadcast live on TFX and beIN Sports 1.