Tokyo Olympics: French handball players bite into Bahrain and qualify for semi-finals

“The Experts” have remained true to their legend. The men’s handball team is just one step away from the prizes at the Tokyo Olympics. On the night of Tuesday, August 3, the players crushed Bahrain 42-28.

“This is the final packaging, the moment when we can compete for the medals. At the Olympics, being in this circle is what counts ”, appreciates Guillaume Guille, the Blues coach.

After the first twenty minutes of play (12-11), the handball players widened the gap until they returned to the dressing room with a seven-goal lead (21-14). In the 45th minute after entering Valentin Porte’s first goal, all the outfielders had scored. The Blues dominated the Bahrain team from start to finish, all of whose players play in the Gulf. The country had won just one match in the first round, against Japan.

After this offensive festival, the Blues will face the winner of the quarterfinals between Germany and Egypt on Thursday, which will meet at night in Tokyo (at 1:45 p.m. French time).

“Since the beginning of the adventure of this new squad, we have always targeted Tokyo with the ambition to win the Olympic Games,” says the coach. But once again between ambition and achievement, there are many battles to win. The France team is already there seasoned for these fights. At Yoyogi Stadium, he will play his fourth consecutive Olympic semi-final. As in 2008, you can count on your pillars Nikola Karabatic, Luc Abalo and Michaël Guigou.

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