Facing the reigning world (2021) and European (2020) champions, the French Olympic champions (2021) resisted in the first half (11-12 at the break), against the onslaught of Stine Oftedal and the effectiveness of Nora Mork at 7 meters. In the cages, Cléopâtre Darleux (5 saves) stood up to Silje Solberg (7 saves).
The balance was broken in the second period, the Norwegians gradually taking the game in hand, with the awakening of Henny Reistad (17-14, 36th), while the Blues came up against an almost perfect Silje Solberg (14 stops, 41% efficiency).
Mute during the last eight minutes, the French team finally folded and recorded the first defeat of its competition, with a significant gap (28-20). For the first time since 2016, Les Bleues will not be in the final of the Euro. They will try to win the bronze medal on Sunday against Montenegro, beaten by Denmark at the end of the afternoon.