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Result: Team GB 44-15 France

Great Britain are comfortably beaten by Olympic champions France in their first Group A game.

Great Britain have lost their opening handball Group A game to Beijing gold-medallists France by a score of 44-15.

It started well for Team GB as Steven Larsson opened the scoring inside two minutes, but France responded almost immediately with their dangerous counter-attack.

Larsson missed a penalty with the score at 4-2, before France went into a five-point lead and were looking comfortable.

Britain continued to stay in touch with the French, reducing the deficit to 8-5 after Larsson's second, and he became the first man to score three in the game on 18 minutes.

France started to pull away throughout the rest of the half as it ended 20-7 to the reigning champions, Samuel Honrubia and Guillaume Joli each with five goals at the half.

The second half started as the first ended, with France scoring almost every chance before Britain's top scorer Larsson was controversially sent off on 38.

The game was already France's by then and the remaining 22 minutes were a procession.

A series of goals from France were briefly interrupted by some excellent Great Britain finishes, and the French wrapped up a 44-15 victory, Joli top-scoring with 11.

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Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States14141038
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia811928
Great BritainGreat Britain57618
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Friday's key events

· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

> Today's schedule in full
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