Egypt outclass Germany to qualify for Olympic handball semi-final

Team registers comfortable 31-26 quarter-final win on Tuesday

Egypt advanced to the handball semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics for the first time in history after beating Germany in the quarter-final on Tuesday.

The Pharaohs’ dominated the Germans from the start of the match, finishing with a comfortable 31-26 victory.

The team has done well this year, winning five out of six games. They suffered a 32-27 defeat against Denmark on July 26.

Egyptian goalkeeper Karim Hendawi was once again the hero, with 18 impressive saves.

The team’s top scorer was FC Barcelona Handbol left-back Ali Zein, who managed to snag five goals out of six total shots during the match.

Egypt's handball team has never made it this far at the Olympics. The closest they came to the semi-finals was at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics when they finished in sixth place after a 20-19 loss against eventual silver-medalists Spain.

It is also the best ever result by an African team in the sport at the Games. The Pharaohs are set to face France in the first semi-final on August 5.

Updated: August 3rd 2021, 3:53 PM