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Handball: Egypt draw with Japan in Junior World Championship

Egypt Uruguay Junior Handball 2015

earned a tough 27-all draw against Japan in their second Group D game at the Men’s Junior World Championship in Brazil.

Egypt were behind for almost the entire game thanks to a performance that was characterised by numerous missed chances.

Japan had a solid first period going into half time with a 17-14 lead over Egypt.

Japan, in attempts to overcome the last-minute loss in the opening game against Brazil, looked determined to win and extended the lead further to a maximum of five goals at 20-15, in the early stages of the second half.

Egypt then began a gradual comeback and could have equalised on a number of occasions but left it late for a dramatic ending.

With just over a minute to play, a penalty shot allowed Egypt to close the gap to one goal and with the scoreline at 26-27, Egypt forced the error from Japan with a one on one defensive situation.

After a time out Egypt scored the equaliser at the death to earn a tough point in yet another heartbreaking scenario for Japan.

Egypt had comfortably beaten Group D minnows Uruguay in their opening game and will now face the hosts Brazil before clashing with giants Germany and finishing the group stage against Norway.

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