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Handball: Egypt beat Bahrain to edge closer to last 16


Photo: France 2017

Egypt overcame Bahrain 31-29 on Monday in their third match of the 2017 IHF World Men’s Handball Championship to move a step closer to the round of 16.

Egypt were drawn in Group D alongside Qatar, Bahrain, Sweden, Argentina and Denmark. The Pharaohs now sit third on four points from three games, leveled on points with Denmark and Sweden, who have one game in hand.

The first half ended with a 17-15 lead for the Pharaohs. Egypt led by as many as six points during the second half before the Bahraini side managed to cut the deficit to two points as the game ended with a 31-29 victory for the African champions. Egypt’s Yehya El-Dera was named as player of the match.

Egypt, who beat Qatar in the opener before losing to Denmark, are now close to securing qualification to the round of 16 as the first four teams of each group advance to the next stage.

Egypt will face Argentina on Wednesday before concluding their group D matches against Sweden on Friday. The Pharaohs need to beat Argentina in their upcoming match to secure a spot in the next stage.

The 2017 World Men’s Handball Championship is held is being held in France between Jan. 11 and 29.

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