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Photograph: EPA/Andrzej Grygiel

In the first half the lead all time belongs to Croatia team In the first minutes Domagoj Djuvniak scored three times, one goal made Manuel Strlek. It was 7:3 for Zeljko Babic"s team in 11 minutes. 

But Norway couldn't loose this match if they dream about a good result on this tournament. They leveled a match after Espen Hansen"s goal seven minutes before the end of the first phase of the clash. It was a close fight up to the break - but after thirty minutes the Scandinavian team was one behind as the score was 16:17. 

At the begging of the second half Norway continued good performance. They made 4-1 series and made two goals advantage (20:18). Unfortunately they suffered a two-minute suspension and Croatia used the man-up situations to get back to the game, Zlatko Horvat turn shot a penalty beside to the goal and was 21:21. 

The match was decided in the last five minutes of the clash. It was 30:30 when Ivan Cupic scored in 55 minutes. But the next two goals netted Christian O"Sulivan additional one scored Sander Sagosen, making 33:30 for Norway side. Only 150 seconds left to the final whistle. Domagoj Djuvniak found a way to the break the Scandinavian defence but it wasn"t enough for winning over Norway on Sunday.

Croatia continues their Group B campaign against Iceland.

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