Hosts Egypt qualified for the World Championship quarterfinal after staging a comeback to draw 25-25 with Slovenia in an exciting match in Cairo on Sunday.
Slovenia goalkeeper Klemen Ferlin made life hard for Egypt in the first half, at one point enjoying a save percentage of more than 50 percent as the Europeans were largely in control.
Down 12-8 at halftime, the Pharaohs roared back in style in the second half, with Mohamed Sanad, Yehia El-Deraa and keeper Mohamed El-Tayar leading their comeback.
Sanad gave Egypt their first lead after 40 minutes when they went 17-16 up as they made the most of a two-minute suspension of a Slovenian player to score three goals without reply.
Egypt are now on top of their main-round group with seven points, one ahead of Sweden who can reclaim top spot if they beat Russia later on Sunday.
Should Sweden finish on top, runners-up Egypt will likely face Denmark in a mouthwatering quarter-final clash.
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