Denmark dethrones France to become Olympic handball champions
There's a new champion in men's handball after Denmark outclassed 2008 and 2012 champions France 28-26 in the final, claiming the gold medal.
Denmark's offensive strategy early on involved taking out their keeper during moments of possession. By removing him, Denmark were able to bring seven outfielders into attacking position and own the one man advantage over France. It was a strategy that paid off, as France had issues conceding the overlap while Casper Mortensen and Lasse Svan poached from the left and right wings.
That strategy doesn't come without its risks, though. The extra player left open the net for Denmark, and France were quick to take advantage of it by scoring off turnovers and good saves by Thierry Omeyer.
Daniel Narcisse and Nikola Karabatic expertly moved the ball around the perimeter, using their agility and presence to draw the Danish back line out of position. France, versatile in their scoring options, often looked to open the gap in the center.