London, England (Sports Network) - Norway moved a step closer toward defending its Olympic gold medal in women's handball Thursday, when it defeated South Korea in the semifinals.
Heidi Loke scored eight goals and Kristine Lunde-Borgersen added six in the 31-25 victory, which put Norway into Saturday's gold medal match. It will face Montenegro, which held off Spain by a 27-26 margin on Thursday.
Norway had some trouble getting into the knockout stage, going 2-2-1 and finishing fourth in Group B. But the defending champions and reigning world titlists appear to be back on track.
Montenegro earned a chance to play for gold, but only after holding off a late charge.
Milena Knezevic's goal in the 58th minute put Montenegro ahead 27-23, but Spain tallied three quick goals -- including two from Elisabeth Pinedo Saenz. However, Pinedo Saenz's team ran out of time.
The loss put Spain in Saturday's bronze medal match against South Korea.
08/09 17:54:22 ET