Egypt celebrate the first victory at Olympic Games since Sydney 2000! The best African national team outplayed the reigning Olympic vice-champions Sweden 26:25 (12:13) in thrilling finish to secure the first points after starting defeat over Slovenia in similiar way.
The Swedish team opened match with 7:3 lead after 14 minutes, when it was hardly to predict that Africans will fight back to win the match. But they did it, quickly came on 8:8 afterwards teams couldn’t make more than two goals advantage until the end.
Only 75 seconds before the final buzzer Lukas Nilsson scored equaliser for 25:25, but Egyptian playmaker Elbasiuni was a match winner against Appelgreen for a huge celebration at Future Arena.
Sanad netted seven goals for Egypt, while Petersen scored five for the European team.
PHOTO: Stephane Pillaud, IHF