10 Aug. 2019
Egypt moved up to six points in preliminary group B of the 2019 IHF Men’s Youth World Championship after defeating Canada by 27 goals in the last game of the fourth round of matches.
The result means Egypt, France, Sweden and Hungary – all confirmed in the eighth-finals – all go into the final day of matches on Monday (12 August) with the same points. Both Canada and Chinese Taipei will now play for 17-24 place.
Canada vs Egypt 20:47 (12:24)
Jane Sandanski Arena, Skopje
Egypt managed to score more goals against Canada than Hungary (41), France (44) and Sweden (38), but what was most important for coach Magdy Abouelmagd was that he was able to rotate his squad and experiment with different tactics, although what appeared to be a right knee injury to Youssef Hassan will be of some concern going into the preparation for their potential group-winning match against Hungary on Monday.
With Egypt up by eight goals in the 15th minute (13:5), the game was effectively over as a contest and the difference was 12 at the half-time break (24:12). The second half saw Egypt take an even bigger victory (23:8), but Canada found holes in their defence and caused them problems at times, scoring 20 times – their best return at North Macedonia 2019 so far having scored 16 twice (against Sweden and France) and 13 against Hungary. Mamadu Barri was the biggest threat, scoring nine out of 15 attempts.
While Canada will now look towards a win in their last group games, against Chinese Taipei and then further into the future in the 17-24 placement round, Egypt will enjoy a rest day tomorrow as they prepare for the all-important clash with Hungary.
Best Player of the Match: Omar Ahmed Hamdy Lotfy (EGY)