ATLANTA (AP) _ Magnus Wislander made five goals in six shots as Sweden pulled away for a 23-19 victory over the United States in the opening Olympic men's team handball game for both teams Wednesday night.

Darrick Heath of Hempstead, N.Y., led the U.S. team with four goals, but he needed 15 shots to score that many. Sweden is one of the medal favorites for the men, while the United States has never fared well in the sport.

In other men's games Wednesday, Croatia edged Switzerland 23-22, Russia routed Kuwait 32-20, France tripped Spain 27-25, Egypt beat Algeria 19-16, and Germany cruised past Brazil 30-20.

Patrik Cavar scored eight goals, including the tiebreaker with 48 seconds remaining, and goalie Denio Losert made a save with two seconds left for Croatia. Cavar got his eight goals in just 10 shots.

Oleg Kuleshov made seven goals in seven shots for Russia. Gueric Kervadec made six goals for France and Amero El Geioushy had eight goals in 12 shots for Egypt. Holger Lohr scored on all seven of his shots against Brazil.