Despite Croatia constantly chipping away the French never relinquished their advantage and run out 13-11 winners.

Just behind Croatia in the group standings are Russia on five points from three matches.

Russia recorded a convincing 17-5 victory against a Germany side who put in a below-par performance and were comprehensively defeated.

The Netherlands sit third in the group with four points from three matches but were made to work hard for their win as they edged out Romania 9-8.

Romania goalkeeper Marius-Florian Tic produced the game of his life making 19 saves, but was unable to prevent the hosts from earning a dramatic single goal victory courtesy of a last minute winner from Jesse Koopman.

Action is scheduled to continue tomorrow with five more group contests with Montenegro and Greece meeting in a battle of the top two in Group A, and Georgia facing Brazil in the other game in the group.

In Group B three matches are scheduled with Romania up against Germany, the Netherlands facing France and a clash of the top two between group leaders Croatia and Russia.