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HANDBALL: Egypt through to semi-finals of Junior World Championships with Sweden win
Egypt’s youth national team has qualified to the semi-finals of the mafter beating Sweden 28-27.
Just one night after downing South Korea to reach the quarter-finals, the Pharaohs eliminated Sweden on Wednesday night in Uberaba, Brazil to reach the .
Egypt head coach Wael Abdelaaty made a second and final replacement to his squad ahead of the match by replacing goalkeeper Hesham Bassem Abdelmoaz with Nasralla Moustafa Khairi, a 20-year-old centre-back who plays for Gezira SC.
It was a thrilling encounter with the score level for most of the match. The first half ended in a 15-15 draw between the two sides, and with just 90 seconds left the score was still tied at 27-27. However, Egypt managed to score with 29 seconds left, and despite a late scare with Sweden awarded a free throw, the Egyptian wall stood strong to win 28-27.
The Egyptian youth national team are the only non-European side in the competition’s semi-finals. They will next face France, who defeated Romania 25-16, and if they pass the French test they will meet the winner of Denmark and Germany.
France is a very tough team as they are currently undefeated in the championship, but the team morale is very high in the Egypt squad.
“Today it was the team spirit that got us the win,” Mohab Ossam told the International Handball Federation (IHF) after the game. “It was nothing tactical or technical, just our spirit.
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“We will have a much-needed rest day and then look forward to the semi-final. We can win this tournament.”
The North Africans are trying to win their second title after the first came in 1993, when Egypt were the hosts and defeated Denmark 22-19 in the final.