File - Egypt's defender Ibrahim El Masry celebrates victory over Sweden
Cairo-30 July 2021: Egypt men's handball team defeated Sweden 27-22 on Friday morning, booking a place in the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games for the first time since 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
The Pharaohs dominated the game and outclassed their opponents to achieve Egypt's best ever victory over Sweden, the runner-up of 2021 World Cup.
Karim Hendawy played the game of his life against Sweden, having achieved 17 saves with a saving efficiency of 45%, silencing the criticism against the Pharaohs' goalkeeper and putting an end to the doubts about our goalkeepers' ability to boost the team's defensive power.
Egypt will take on Bahrain in the last game of the group stage, aiming for another victory in the competition to reach the quarter-finals as one of the top two teams of the group.
After four games in the group, Egypt comes second with six points behind Denmark, who will face Portugal later on Friday.
Tokyo Olympic Games is the 7th appearance for the Pharaohs. Egypt competed in the Olympics for the first time in Barcelona 1992 and their best achievement came four years later when they finished 6th in Atalanta.
The Egyptian handball fans believe that the Egyptian team is now able to secure a medal in the next Olympics after the sensational performance of the Pharaohs in 2021 World Championship, which was held at home in January.