Handball: Egypt's semi-final hopes end after loss to Norway in World Championship

Ahram Online , Sunday 20 Jan 2019

Egypt lose to Norway in World Championship on Sunday (Photo: the International Handball Federation's Twitter account)

Egypt proved a match for the mighty Norway for most of the game but ended up losing 32-28 as their hopes to qualify for the World Championship semi-final for the first time since 2001 were crushed on Sunday.

In their first Group B match of the main round, Egypt put on a brave fight, closing the gap to just one goal in the dying stages before Norway prevailed when it mattered most to emerge winners.

Egypt trailed 16-14 at halftime, with Norway's fast-breaks and powerful shots giving them the upper hand in a tight affair.

The result leaves Egypt fifth with one point gained from a draw with Hungary in the previous round.

Their hopes now lie in finishing among the top seven teams of the World Championship to compete for a place at the 2020 Olympic Games. The Pharaohs next face Denmark on Monday.

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