Algeria, Egypt seperate on stalemate as Tunisia edge closer to last 16
Algeria and Egypt seperated on a 24-24 scoreline on Tuesday evening in their game of the 23 IHF Men’s Championships taking place in Spain.
The stalemate means both sides are yet to record a win after losing their opening matches and see their chances of reaching the last 16 now a daunting task.
Egyptian goalkeeper Hady Mohamed was instrumental with seven saves in the first half as the Pharoahs took a 12-16 first half lead.
Thereafter, Algeria made up for their deficit very early into the second half leading 4-0. The game remained closed and Egypt thought to have carried the tie when Mohamed Mamdouh scored a last gasp point only for Algerian left-winger Riad Chehbour to level scores at (24-24).
The draw leaves both sides with a slim chances of making the next round but Algerian head coach Salah Bouchekriou believes everything is still possible.
“We had a difficult start, we were nervous and Egypt could get a good goal difference. In the second half we had a good attack and defence, and bad luck with shots to the posts. This draw is better for Egypt because of the goal difference. But we will do our best in the next 2 matches,”he said.
On his part, Egyptian head coach Assem Abdeltawar, is satisfied with his team’s performance and believes they can reach the next round of the competition despite their slim chances.
” I am satisfied with this team since this is a young team and we didn’t have so much time to prepare for this championship. Generally I am satisfies and I hope we can reach the next round.”
Egypt’s Ahmed Mostafa was voted MVP of the game after finishing as top scorer with 9 goals.
On the other hand, Tunisia edged closer to the next round of the competition with their second straight victory as they edged Montenegro 27-25 to prove that their match day 2 victory over Germany was no fluke,