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Egypt Qualifies for Quarter-Finals of the 2023 Handball World Championship

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Egypt Qualifies for Quarter-Finals of the 2023 Handball World Championship

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Egypt’s National Handball Team has qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Men’s Handball Championship after defeating Bahrain 26-22 in their main-round game on Saturday, 21 January.

The Pharaohs sit on top of their group, ahead of Denmark, Croatia, Bahrain, Belgium, and the United States.

 

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The team maintained their perfect score of five consecutive wins after defeating Belgium on Thursday, 19 January and Bahrain on Saturday, 21 January. Their perfect record was kicked off in a historic win against Croatia on Saturday, 13 January, followed by victories against Morocco on Sunday, 15 January, and the United States on Tuesday, 17 January.

 

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The match was heated and suspenseful as Egypt and Bahrain were neck and neck during the first half. With efforts from Yehia El Deraa and Ali Zein, Egypt had a dominant lead of 13-9 at halftime. Goalkeeper Karim El Hendawi gave a spectacular performance with 16 saves, earning him the Man of the Match award.

The team will face Denmark next, in a clash on Monday, 23 January. This will be a deja vu for many viewers as Egypt last reached the quarter-finals in the 2021 World Championship, also in an action-packed showdown with Denmark, but ultimately lost after a penalty shootout.

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