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France wins men's world championship

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Olympic champions France won the men's world handball championship on Sunday, defeating Croatia 24-19 to secure the country's third world title following victories in both 1995 and 2001.


AFP - Olympic champions France defeated Croatia 24-19 to win the men's world handball championship on Sunday.

It's the third world title for France, following victories in 1995 and 2001.

Croatia, cheered by some 15,000 fans in the Zagreb Arena, ended the first half with a 12-11 lead.

The second half continued in the same way until the 53rd minute when the match turned following a Nikola Karabatic hit for a 20-18 lead for the French.

Croatia were unable to find a way back while French goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer stood firm.

They went scoreless for 10 minutes while the French, notably through their best player Michael Guigou who was on target ten times, gradually increased their lead.

"I was hoping that we would play against Croatia so that we could get revenge for the defeat we suffered against them in the group. That match did not show the strengths of our squad," said French player Jerome Fernandez.

Croatia had enjoyed a 22-19 against France in Group One last Tuesday.

"Croatia had the advantage of home ground, but today we won the title thanks to our excellent defence," added Fernandez.

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