Denmark was the clear favourite of this match. However, the Egyptians did not give up easily and fought for victory. They were fighting only in the first half. The second part of the match belonged to the team from Scandinavia. Finally, Denmark won 

The first minutes of the match turned out to be a wave of mistakes and missed opportunities from the team from Denmark. The girls scored their first goal only in the 7th minute of the match. Earlier, they didn’t score a goal from seven times. They could not throw from a distance or use a penalty shot. The Egyptians tried to use the opponent’s weak disposition, but they were not allowed by the defence of the Scandinavian team. On the pitch was very hot. The girls were playing very aggressive. Denmark went on the two-goal lead only in the 23rd minute of the match. But Laila Haitham Hammad Zaki, who after the final siren scored a goal from the free kick, reduced the lead to one hit.

The second half of the match was the total dominance of the charges of Flemming Larsen. In the game of the Egyptians you could see glimpses of a good game, but despite it, Denmark was playing very well. An additional advantage of Scandinavian girls was the goalkeeper – Anna Opstrup, who played a great match. The representation from above the Nile, despite the unfavourable result, fought fiercely. Unfortunately, one of the players from Egypt was seriously affected by the injury. After a match full of sweat and tears, Denmark was happy with the win.

 

DENMARK – EGYPT  24:15  (11:10)

DENMARK: Askvist, Kristensen – Gamys 3, Hedegaard 1, Klostermann, Theil 1, Frokjaer-Jensen, Steffensen 3, Laursen 3, Moller 4, Hansen C. , Wierzba , Faartoft 2, Hansen A. 4, Halilcevic 3.

EGYPT:  Usama Abdelfatah Elshazly, Osama Ebeid Abdalla – Eslam Zaki Ahmed , Kassem Ibrahem Kassem, Ahmed Moussa Elshawarby 1, Refat Kamal Refaie 1, Tarek Morsy Khedr 1, Hany Mahmoud Mabrouk , Mohamed Rady Ahmed 6, Salah Elsayed Hassanein, Haitham Hammad Zaiki , Abdelrazek Ali Eid Ali 1, Emadaldien Mohamed Mahmoud, Mamdou Mohamed Mahmoud 3, Mohamed Gouda Wahdan, Khaled Fathy Ahmed 2.

QUOTES:

Flemming Dam Larsen, head coach of Denmark: We have played very good handball in first two matches, but today it was a little bit worse, especially in the first half. I don’t know why, because we had a lot of self-confidence, but Egipt surprised us. It was different handball than we are used to. But I’m not complaining about it. We didn’t think it will be easy, but we wanted to play in the higher speed. At the end, we managed, however, to built 10 goals of advantage.

 

Karolina Zielonka

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