Several members of Norway’s jubilant men’s handball team were convinced that “anything can happen” now at the European World Championships, after the Norwegians won again Wednesday night over another one of the world’s top teams.
The Norwegians’ 29-24 victory over powerhouse France cemented their spot in the semi-finals on Friday against Germany, since Spain won its group after a victory over Russia.
Both the German and Norwegian teams have been dubbed as sensational during championship play, not least since Norway beat a team like Poland and Germany beat Denmark.
The Norwegians were looking forward to the match against Germany. “Now anything can happen,” Kent Robin Tønnesen told state broadcaster NRK. No matter what happens, the Norwegian men were ecstatic over their performance so far, and French players said their victory was well-deserved.
“They were good, we just have to congratulate them,” Nicola Karabatic told L’Equipe. Teammate Valentin Porte agreed: “They (the Norwegians) were better than us tonight,” he said. “We had the semifinal in hand, but Norway was better.”