France claim shock victory - London 2012 - Handball
France claimed an impressive win on the first day of Handball action as they beat defending champions Norway 24-23 in Group B of the preliminary stages at the Copper Box.
The Scandinavians, who have swept aside all before them at the Games, World Championships and European Championship over the last four years, endured a difficult opening as France raced into a 6-1 lead, but they got back into it and closed to 9-10 after 22 minutes of the first half.
But four straight goals opened up France's lead again and they went in at the break 17-12 ahead and they did not let up in the second half, shutting out Norway's late attempts to get back into the game.
The champions pressed right until the end for a way back into it and they could have levelled with the last throw of the ball, but a free throw was bravely blocked.
The Danish women were level with their opponents in the Group B preliminary clash for the majority of the game, but four goals in the final few minutes took them over the winning line, with Sweden unable to match them.