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WATCH LIVE: France, Russia meet for women’s handball gold medal

Handball - Olympics: Day 13

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: Player Alexandra Lacrabere of France celebrates with supporters her victory of the women’s semifinal handball match Netherlands vs France for the Rio 2016 Olympics Games at the Future Arena in Rio on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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France and Russia meet in the women’s handball gold medal match Saturday afternoon, and the French have already assured themselves of their first Olympic medal in women’s handball (the men have won the last two gold medals). As for Russia, their prior gold medals in women’s handball were won when the nation was part of the Soviet Union (1976, 1980). And if their rematch is anything like the meeting between the two teams in pool play, expect a thriller.

Russia won that meeting 26-25, with Polina Kuznetsova scoring six goals and Anna Vyakhireva and Marina Sudakova adding four apiece to lead the way. France’s Siraba Dembele also scored six goals in that game but it was Alexandra Lacrabere who was their most accurate offensive weapon on that day.

WATCH LIVE: Women’s handball gold medal match, France vs. Russia -- 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Lacrabere scored 11 goals on 13 shots in the defeat, and she tallied six goals in France’s 24-23 win over the Netherlands in the semifinal round. Both teams won entertaining one-goal matches to reach the final, with France hanging to beat the Dutch and Russia beating Norway, 38-37.