Egypt exit World Handball Championship after losing to Croatia

Egypt exit World Handball Championship after losing to Croatia
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Published January 23rd, 2017 - 16:40 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Egypt's centre back Eslam Eissa (1st-L) attempts a shot on goal over Croatia's left back Jakov Gojun (C) and Croatia's centre back Domagoj Duvnjak (R) during the 25th IHF Men's World Championship 2017 eighth final handball match Croatia vs Egypt on January 22, 2017 at the Arena in Montpellier.
Pascal GUYOT / AFP
Egypt's centre back Eslam Eissa (1st-L) attempts a shot on goal over Croatia's left back Jakov Gojun (C) and Croatia's centre back Domagoj Duvnjak (R) during the 25th IHF Men's World Championship 2017 eighth final handball match Croatia vs Egypt on January 22, 2017 at the Arena in Montpellier. Pascal GUYOT / AFP

Egypt have been eliminated from the 2017 IHF World Men's Handball Championship after losing 21-19 to Croatia in the round of 16 on Sunday night.

The Pharaohs started the game poorly as Croatia claimed a 13-7 lead at the half-time.

Despite an unimpressive display in the first half, Egypt improved greatly in the second half. The African champions managed to reduce the deficit to two goals less than eight minutes after the break, thanks to the heroics of Egypt's star Ahmed el-Ahmar.

The second-half comeback however wasn't enough, as Croatia, who claimed the bronze medal in the 2016 European Championship, managed to maintain their lead to qualify for the quarter-final with a close 21-19 victory over Egypt.

In the next stage, Croatia will face Spain, who claimed a 27-28 win over Brazil in the round of 16.

Egypt had qualified to the knockout stage after beating Qatar, Bahrain and Argentina in the group stage, and losing to Denmark and Sweden.

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