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World Handball: Argentina debuted with a win against the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Argentine players celebrate after the victorious debut (REUTERS / Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Argentina He started off on the right foot at the 2021 Egypt Handball World Cup: he won 28-22 before Democratic Republic of Congo in which it was his debut for Group D of the competition. Diego Simonet and Federico Pizarro were the top scorers with 5 wins each.

It was an auspicious premiere for the group led by the Spanish Manolo chains, which will seek to get into the top eight of the World Cup for the first time in history. In the stadium Cairo Halls Complex from the city of Cairo the party was even and worked. The nationals finished the first half down 14-13 but recovered in the complement with a 15-8 run that led them to victory.

The Gladiators they had Diego Simonet and Federico Pizarro as top scorers (5 each) and also with the goals of Federico Fernández (4), Gastón Mouriño (4), Ramiro Martínez (4), Pablo Simonet (2), Sebastián Simonet (2), Pedro Martínez (1) and Lucas Moscariello (1). The one who stood out in the African box was Johan Kiangebeni, scorer of the match with 7.

Argentina added their first 2 points in the World Cup (REUTERS / Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
Argentina added their first 2 points in the World Cup (REUTERS / Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Argentina had a prolonged inactivity due to the stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic but they acquired filming in the Tunis International Tournament and the Christmas Tournament in Russia (there they defeated Spain for the first time in their history). The best records of the national team in World Cups were in Sweden 2011 and Qatar 2015, reaching 12th place.

This contest has 32 countries (eight more than in previous editions) divided into eight zones of four. The first three of each zone will advance to the next phase dragging the dots. There, the 24 qualifiers will be divided into four zones of 6 and the best two of each of them will access the quarterfinals. Then the semis will take place and later the grand final, agreed to Sunday, January 31. The latter will face the so-called President’s Cup (those who occupy the places from 25 to 32 will go).

This Sunday, January 17, Argentina will face Bahrain (Asian runner-up) for the second date of the group stage at the Cairo Sports Hall stadium from 14:00. Meanwhile, on Tuesday 19/1 they will close their participation in the first round against Denmark (current world champion), on the same stage, starting at 4:30 p.m. (the matches will be televised by DirecTV). Bahrainis and Danes will meet this afternoon in what will be their World Cup debut.

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