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Egypt beats Bahrain 30-20 in Handball Men’s competition to qualify to the quarterfinals

Egypt's left back Hassan Walid Kaddah is challenged during the men's preliminary round group B handball match between Egypt and Bahrain of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. (AFP)
Egypt's left back Hassan Walid Kaddah is challenged during the men's preliminary round group B handball match between Egypt and Bahrain of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. (AFP)
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01 Aug 2021 06:08:59 GMT9
01 Aug 2021 06:08:59 GMT9
  • The Pharaohs finished second in Group B and will now face Germany on Tuesday

Ali Khaled

Egypt’s has beaten Bahrain 30-20 in their Handball Men’s Preliminary Round match at Yoyogi National Stadium on Sunday to finish second in Group B and progress to Tuesday’s quarterfinals.

With four wins and one loss, Egypt finished behind group winners Denmark – who beat Portugal 34-28 yesterday – and will now face Germany in their next match.

Egypt has never won a medal in the handball Olympic competition but will now have their eyes on podium finish at Tokyo 2020.

The Pharaohs opened their Olympic campaign with a 37-31 win over Portugal on July 24, but two days later lost their second fixture 32-27 to Denmark. However, since the Egyptian team has been faultless, beating hosts Japan 33-29 and Sweden 27-22, before this morning’s win over fellow Arab participants Bahrain.

Egypt progressively improved throughout the first half to have commanding lead of 15-7 by the break. Despite a spirited performance by Bahrain that saw score 13 points in the second half, Egypt managed to double their tally for an ultimately comfortable win.

The  37-year-old veteran Ahmed El-Ahmar was once again the team’s standout performer, scoring five goals to take his overall to a Egyptian Olympic record of 83. Meanwhile goalkeeper Mohamed El-Tayar had another fine game against Bahrain, saving 15 of the 35 shots he faced.

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