Croatia came back in the 2nd half to take the lead against Norway after trailing 12-10 at the break, but could not find a goal in the last five minutes of the match which would ultimately lead to an extra time session with the match notched up at 22-22 after 60 minutes.
But what happened at the end of regulation was true drama. Croatia was awarded a penalty with no time left on the clock. Veteran Zlatko Horvat stepped up to the penalty line knowing that one flick of his arm would send Croatia to the World Handball championship game to face giants France in Paris. But it just wasn’t meant to be. Horvat had his shot blocked and it was all she wrote even though the Croatian side started hoy in extra time.
Croatia would score two quick goals in the extra 10-minute session but would crumble after the fact, letting Norway go on a 6-1 scoring run to end the game. The match would end 28-25 which will send Croatia to the bronze medal match Saturday versus Slovenia. They will have to be extremely disappointed as they had their chances at the end of the game, and even in extra time, to play France in the final.
Horvat gets his end-of-the-game penalty blocked