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Defending champ Norway moves on in women's handball

London, England (Sports Network) - Norway's goal of defending its Olympic gold medal remained alive after it knocked off Brazil in quarterfinals of the women's handball tournament.

Norway rallied from six goals down to best Brazil 21-19. It marks the sixth time in six appearances the country as reached the Olympic semifinals.

Up next for Norway is South Korea, which advanced thanks to a 24-23 triumph against Russia to set up a rematch of the 2008 Beijing semifinal. Norway won that encounter by one goal.

The Koreans knocked off the Beijing silver medalists after watching the Russians climb back to even the match at 15. However, South Korean goaltender Ju Hui stopped four of the final five shots faced to secure the win.

The other semifinal match -- also set for Thursday -- will pit Spain against Montenegro.

The Spaniards reached the semifinals for the first time with a 25-22 win over Croatia, which was making its Olympic debut and lost Andrea Penezic to an ankle injury in the second half.

Montenegro, meanwhile, knocked off previously unbeaten France (4-0-1) by a 23-22 margin to advance in its Olympic debut.

08/07 17:35:07 ET

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