Egypt lost to Hungary 32-23 in their opening game of the Men's Handball World Championship on Saturday.
Hungary dominated the game in the first half and finished it with a 17-9 lead over Egypt.
Egypt players produced a superb performance in the second half and managed to close the gap with Hungary, finishing the game 32-23.
The first non-European team to play a World Championship's semi-final in 2001, Egypt are drawn in a tough group that includes hosts Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Algeria and Australia.
Croatia, who finished as runners up in 2009, Spain and Hungary, ranked fourth in the London Olympic Games, are likely to occupy the top three berths, leaving Egypt to battle it out with Algeria and Australia for the remaining spot.
The Pharaohs will face Spain, who defeated Algeria on Saturday, in the 2nd matchday on Monday.
The best result in the Men's Handball World Championship for Egypt was their 4th-place finisy in 2001.Their best result since has been finishing 14th in 2005, 2009 and 2011.
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