To finish with its preliminary round before embarking on the knockout matches, the France team challenges Norway this Sunday (20:30, live on BeIN Sports). Both teams have already qualified for the quarter-finals of this World Championship. Only top spot in the group is at stake with the winner facing either Spain or the Czech Republic rather than the Netherlands in the next round.
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However, this duel is not without interest. France challenges the best nation on the planet. Reigning world and European champions, Norway remain more than ever the ultra-favourites to succeed themselves. Seven months before the Olympic Games, Norway is also the No. 1 favorite to steal the gold medal from France in Villeneuve-d'Ascq next summer. At Tokyo 2021, the Norwegians fell to Russia 27-26 in the semi-finals and went home with a bronze medal, just like in Rio five years earlier.
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