Elin Hansson and Jamina Roberts pumped in six goals each for Sweden, who had nine different scorers in a brilliant all-round display to stay unbeaten in Group B.
“It’s wonderful. If someone had told us this before the start of the tournament we would probably have been incredibly proud and possibly not believed it… I’m so proud of myself and the team,” Sweden center back Carin Stromberg said.
Earlier, bottom-placed Angola overcame hosts Japan 28-25 for their first victory in Group A to keep their quarter-final hopes alive, as Natalia Santos and Albertina Kassoma scored five goals each for the African champions.
The defeat means Japan are fourth in the group, level on two points with South Korea and Angola below them, as they were left to rue missed opportunities to boost their tally before their final round clash with reigning European champions Norway.
South Korea’s attack failed to fire for the first time in the competition as they fell to a 28-26 defeat by Montenegro, and the double Olympic champions’ hopes of progressing will depend on them beating Angola and other results going their way.
Hungary earned their first victory of the Games by shocking Spain 29-25 while Norway downed the Netherlands 29-27 to stay unbeaten atop Group A. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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