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Rio 2016: Egypt’s handball team grab last-gasp winner against Sweden

Posted on August 10, 2016


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Egypt claimed their first victory at the men’s Olympic tournament after beating Sweden with a last-gasp goal.

The African champions edged out London 2012 Olympic silver medalist 26-25 to become third in Group B on two points.

Despite a strong start for the European side, which saw Sweden take a 6-2 lead after 10 minutes, the Egyptians were able to get back into the game.

At the 15-minute mark, the score stood at 4-7 in favour of Sweden, before the Egyptians reduced the deficit into a 6-7 score two minute later.

The African champions levelled the score for the first time after 20 minute, making it 8-8.

For the rest of the first half, the game was either level or showing a one-goal advantage for Sweden, who led 13-12 at half time.

Two minutes into the second half, the Swedish team were already in front with a two-goal lead. The Egyptians however were able to quickly level the score at 15-15.

Egypt took the lead for the first time since the beginning of the match in the 35th minute from a fas break scored by Yehia Elderaa.

However, the European side managed to create a three-goal difference within three minutes, making it 20-17 in the 42nd minute.

The Egyptians needed eight minutes to equalise, before Egypt’s handball legend Ahmed El-Ahmar gave his side the lead at 23-22.

As the score was level at 24-24, Egypt’s Ibrahim ElMasry received a two-minute suspension with only three minute remaining to full time. Sweden’s Jesper Nielsen also received a suspension one minute later.

Ali Zein put Egypt in the front after scoring inside the last two minutes before Sweden levelled the score few seconds later.

As the Swedish team were down two players after another Swedish player received a two-minute suspension, Mohamed Hesham ElBassiouny scored the winner, with only eight seconds remaining to full time.

The Pharaohs, who lost their opener against Slovenia two days ago, are now third in Group B on two points. Slovenia and Germany however top the group after collecting maximum points.

Egypt will face Poland, who sit at the bottom of the group with no points, on Thursday in their third group stage match.

The African champions were drawn in Group B along with hosts Brazil, Germany, Slovenia, Poland and Sweden, while the other group includes Denmark, Argentina, France, Qatar, Tunisia and Croatia. The first four teams in each of the two groups advance to the quarter-finals.


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