Egypt’s perfection in Skopje!
Tuesday, 2 august (Skopje, Sports Centre Jane Sandanski 2)
EGYPT – INDIA 42-34 (21-18)
Shrouk Mahmoud Elsheref 8, Mariam Omar Ibrahim 7. Jassi 8, Priya.
Egypt and India open last day of group stage at IHF’s World Championship U18 in Skopje. Тhe pharaohs showed why they are favorites in Group D, in the main round they go perfectly, with three wins and four points, like leaders in Group D. In the other side, India will play at President Cup, and try to catch firs win.
It was spouse to be an easy game, after 5-2, 10-5 and 11-6. But India was motivated, players want to show that can do better. With 4-0 run, they come to one goal (11-10) and after few minutes, India for the first time of the match took the lead (14-15) in 19 minutes. Goalkeeper Chetna Devi, was excellent. Egypt didn’t let surprise, with fast breaks and more good defense have plus three (21-18) on the break.
Second half was deferent story, was one-sided. Egypt showed strength, in just five minutes advantage 27-18, Indians girls needed eight minutes to score first goal (27-19). Difference was continuously raised, in 45 minutes was 34-24, favorite controlled the match until the end for big joy and confidence before games in main round, there will play against team form the second place in Group G.
***Player of the match – Mentallah Adel Elhenawy (Egypt)***
AHMED FARGHALY Mohamed (coach of Egypt) – I did not expect such a scenario. We had a good start to the championship, three wins, but we still have a lot of to work on, new games are waiting for us.
SINGH Priyadeep (coach of India) – We were tired, we have two injured handball players. Despite that we played very well in the first half. But Egypt has much taller handball players, that was also a problem in defense. The attack was good, I am satisfied. But the main problem was the defense. We played good in both games in group, we expect victory in the next phase.