Handball team lose opening match against Norway

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Kang Eun-hye, left, tries to score in the preliminary round group A women’s handball match between Norway and Korea at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics on Sunday in Tokyo. [AP/YONHAP]

The Korean women’s handball team lost 39-27 to Norway in their first Group A preliminary round match on Sunday.

Korea looked to be off to a good start, opening the scoring 2-0 with back-to-back goals from Sim Hae-in and Lee Mi-gyeong.

Just a minute later, Korea’s luck seemed to have presented itself as a Norwegian player received a two-minute suspension and was taken out of the game.

But Korea couldn’t convert the opportunity into more points, allowing quick attacks from the Norwegian side and slipping behind 11-4.

With the tide on the Norwegian side, the first 30 minutes ended 18-10.

The second half started with Nora Moerk’s point assisted by Norway’s Kari Dale Brattest and the score rose to 20-10 with Norway scoring twice as much as Korea.

At 20-11, Ryu Eun-hee added two points in a final attempt to catch up with his opponent, but Korea rarely found an opportunity to do so in the second half and finished 21-17, the total score at 39- 27.

Shim scored the most points for the Korea team with five points, while Jung scored four goals and Ryu added three.

In women’s handball, Korea is framed in Group A with Angola, Norway, Montenegro, Japan and the Netherlands and will then face the Netherlands on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.

BY YUN SO-HYANG [[email protected]]


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