Men’s handball team rolls into semi-finals

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Norway’s national men’s handball team won an historic spot in the semi-finals of the world handball championships on Tuesday. Some commentators were calling their performance against Hungary as the best ever they’ve ever seen.

“This is fantastic!” head coach Christian Berge exclaimed to state broadcaster NRK. “I’m incredibly glad on behalf of these guys, and it’s great for me, too.”

The Norwegians, who have been on a roll as the championships play out in France, notched up an impressive lead early in the game, ahead by 6-1 after just over five minutes of action. They were ahead 26-16 at half-time.

The Hungarians recovered somewhat but ended up losing to Norway by a score of 31-28, not such a wide margin as earlier but more than enough to usher Norway into the semi-finals in Paris on Friday. They’ll face either Spain or Croatia, both powerhouse teams.

“We’ll be the underdogs regardless,” Berge told NRK, “but this gang of guys never ceases to surprise me.” staff