The U.S. men's basketball team faces Spain in a rematch of the 2008 gold medal game and the London Olympics wrap up with the Closing Ceremonies.
The four-time defending champ U.S. women's basketball team takes on France in the final and eight gold medals are up for grabs in track & field on a busy Day 15 of the London Olympics.
Right winger Niclas Ekberg scored six goals as Sweden defeated Hungary, 27-26, to advance to the men’s handball gold medal match. Sweden, which is searching for its first handball gold medal after losing in the final in three straight Olympics from 1992 to 2000, will play either France or Croatia (3:30 p.m.) in the gold medal match.
Ekberg now has 44 goals in the tournament, tops in the Olympics.
Right winger Ivan Cupic scored eight times as Croatia rebounded from a halftime deficit to defeat Tunisia, 25-23, in the men’s handball quarterfinals.
Croatia is looking for its third men’s handball gold medal, having won in 1996 and 2004.
Meanwhile, Sweden upset rival Denmark, 24-22, in another quarterfinal after right winger Niclas Ekberg scored two times in the last minute. Denmark defeated Sweden in January in the European championship.
Croatia will play defending champion France in one of Friday’s semifinals, while Sweden takes on Hungary in the other.
William Accambray scored with one second left to give defending gold medalist France a 23-22 win over Spain in the men’s handball quarterfinals.
France was down 7-2 after 18 minutes and 12-9 at halftime but scored six straight goals at one point in the second half to get back into it.
France will play either Croatia or Tunisia, who play at 4:30 p.m., in Friday’s semifinals.
In Wednesday’s earlier quarterfinal, Hungary eliminated defending silver medalist Iceland, 34-33, after two periods of extra time. Mate Lekai of Hungary forced the extra time by scoring with two seconds left.
“It was a lottery in the end,” Hungary Coach Lajos Mocsai said. “We should have won in the normal 60 minutes instead of making such a Hitchcock drama out of it. We clearly were the stronger team.”
Iceland had gone undefeated in group play, while Hungary had lost three times but still managed to make the medal round.