Handball World Cup | With a no-look aim: Egypt thrash Croatia

The closely weakened Croatians suffered a crushing defeat in opposition to Egypt at their World Cup debut.

Great happiness for the sons of Pharaoh: Ali Zein Mohd.
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After disappointing performances in earlier main tournaments, the injury-hit Croatian has been unable to reverse the development within the first World Cup recreation of 2023. Egypt gained confidently and determinedly with 31:22 (16:12). In the following video games, premiership winners USA and Morocco await Hrvoje Horvat’s staff.

Bundesliga duel on the benches

In the highest recreation in Group G, two Bundesliga coaches face one another in Roberto García Parrondo and Hroj Horvat: whereas the Egyptian coach can also be on the sidelines at MT Melsungen, the Croatian is chargeable for HSG Wetzlar from December 2022. There had been additionally different Bundesliga personalities, most notably by way of THW Kiel playmaker Domgoj Duvanjak.

There is a lot of strain on their shoulders within the present World Cup, because the Croatians have needed to settle for a lot of unhealthy information within the run-up to the event. After 4 Bundesliga professionals Halil Jaganjak, David Mandić, Domagoj Pavlović and Marko Mamić, the affiliation additionally needed to announce the absence of Ivan Cupić and Tin Lucin.

Mamdouh’s no-look throw 3:1

At the opposite finish, Parrondo Yahia Omar was absent after struggling a critical knee harm in December. Nevertheless, the North Africans began the sport nicely and shortly put personnel benefits on the scoreboard. With a no-look throw together with his again to aim, Mohamed Mamdouh not solely produced motion to look at, but additionally for the primary plus two (3:1, fifth).

The Croatians discovered it notably troublesome to eradicate at this stage and had been repeatedly denied by Karim Hendawy within the Egyptian aim. In normal, the offensive outfit round Duvnjak appeared disorganized, which was mirrored on the scoreboard from 4:1 (seventh) to eight:4 (fifteenth). In response, Hirvoje Horvat hit the timeout buzzer.

However, this might not finish the spectacular efficiency of the Egyptians. Instead, Ahmed Hesham went as much as plus six (11:5, nineteenth). As anticipated, prime star Ali Zein led for North Africa within the first half and scored 4 objectives earlier than the break siren. Adriatic’s handball gamers failed to scale back the deficit, Egypt remained sovereign (16:11, twenty eighth). Shortly earlier than the break, Zein once more nudged the Croatian aim body, so the 16:12 half-time lead may have been extra.

Croatian in protection with out orders

After altering sides, the image remained the identical: Karim Hendavi repeatedly introduced Croatian attacking efforts to a standstill, there have been again and again big gaps for the attacking Pharaohs. At the rating of 19:14, the European bench additionally needed to settle for a time penalty, with Yehia Aldera rising to twenty:14 (thirty eighth).

Fifteen minutes earlier than the tip of the sport, the North Africans had been eight objectives forward for the primary time (23:15). The Croatians had been fully missing in defence, and the center block was largely at a drawback. Unfavorable throwing situations additionally pressured the Europeans to repeatedly throw sick photographs from the second line. When the rating was 26:18, Horvat once more pressed the buzzer (fiftieth), this time the coach’s voice.

Hendawy – Save with one hand – and into an empty aim

But it did not assist any extra: Instead, Hendawi threw by way of the air with one hand and chased the ball into the Croatian’s empty aim for the primary plus 9 (28:19, 52nd). In normal, even the seventh subject participant didn’t survive the attacking efforts of the Balkan handball gamers: Hervoje Horvat’s seven had no likelihood at any stage.

In the ultimate jiffy, the North Africans performed the sport to the tip and after the ultimate siren, they had been in a position to rejoice at 31:22. Egypt transfer to the highest of Group G with a North African conflict in opposition to Morocco on the following matchday.

Preliminary spherical, Group G, Matchday 1

Egypt – Croatia 31:22 (16:12)
Egypt: Handoui 1, Homayd-Mahmud 7, J al-Dairah 5, al. Mohd 5, Ah. Mohammed 4, Al-Wakeel 3, Mamdouh Shabib 3, Abdelhaq 1, Kada 1, Sanad 1, S.
Croatia: Kuzmanovic, Slavik – Sipic 5, Glavas 4/3, Karasic 4, Martinovic 4, Duvanjak 2, Musa 1, Sebetic 1, Sarna 1, Cindrik, Gojun, Jelinek, Kraljevic, Mihic, Susanja
Ref: Ignacio Garcia (Spain) / Andrew Marin (Spain)
the viewers: 5200
Penalty Minutes: 4/10
Disqualification: ,

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