Vice-champion France today qualified for the final of the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games handball tournament, with a 27-23 victory over Egypt, in a match in which French goalkeeper Vincent Gerard was in evidence.
France, who are looking to recover the gold they won in Beijing2008 and London2012 in Japan, entered the game badly, scoring just one goal in the first seven minutes and was losing 5-1, feeling serious difficulties against Egypt.
The match reached half-time with an draw (13-13) and the Gallic team only took the definitive lead with a 3-0 partial with about 20 minutes to go, which turned an draw (18-18) into an advantage of three goals (21-18).
French goalkeeper Vincent Gerrard, with an efficiency of around 40 percent, was largely responsible for securing the advantage against Egypt, who even reduced to two goals, 23-21, with just over five minutes to play. .
France shot up in the final minutes to a four-goal advantage (25-21), which allowed them to close the match at 27-23 and secure their third consecutive appearance in the final of the Olympic handball tournament.
The Gallic team, which marked the last decade and a half of world handball, with two Olympic titles, four world titles and three European ones, will face in the final the winner of the game that pits Olympic champion Denmark against European champion Spain.
Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.
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