Combined image of Egyptian and Spanish handball teams.
Egypt’s male handball team will be competing with Spain to lay claim to the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games on Saturday after the two teams failed to reach the final.
The Pharaohs lost 23-27 to France in the semifinals of the Tokyo Games on Thursday, while Spain suffered a 23-27 loss to Denmark.
Denmark dominated Spain and finished the first half with a 14-10 lead, and continued to run away in the second half from the Spaniards to win the match and qualify to the final game against France.
“We are sad, but we can win a medal and achieve something very big. We will do our best to get over this defeat quickly,” Egypt’s veteran player Ahmed El-Ahmar — who is likely to retire from international handball after Tokyo — told beIN Sports after the defeat to France.
Meanwhile, Egyptian star Yehia Khaled promised to snatch the bronze medal for his country after failing to reach the final.
“God willing, we will return to Egypt with a bronze medal,” he told beIN Sports.
Egypt are bidding to claim their first ever handball medal at the Olympic Games when they take on Spain for 3rd place in the Olympic leaderboards on Saturday.
The two sides have met eight times before, however, Spain managed to emerge victorious from every single game.
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