As expected the favorites France came best out it from start and held the lead throughout the whole first period. The croatian team had some problems in defense, and the french team got to play powerplay that gave them an advantage on the scoreboard.
The french team kept on with secure play and advanced to an early 10 goals lead and could cruise in to a secure victory.
France vs Croatia
Result: 32 – 24 (16 – 10)
Topscorers: (FRA) goals and (CRO) goals
Player of the match: Thierry Omeyer