Rio 2016: Egypt celebrate handball win in style


Egypt's win over Sweden in the men's handball at the Rio Olympics may have come as a surprise, but not to the players after a victory that sparked wild celebrations.

The thrilling 26-25 victory at the Future Arena in Rio de Janeiro brought Egypt's win-loss record back to 1-1, having been beaten by a goal by Slovenia in their opener.

The win was the nation's first at the Games since 2000 and it came against the runners-up of London 2012.

"I think it was a surprise for everyone but not for us," centre-back Mohamed Hesham Elbassiouny said.

"We came here to compete and not to just play good games. We played against Sweden in the last World Cup and we tied, so this is not a big surprise for us.

"We were certain that we were going to win."

Egypt's thrilling win came thanks to a late goal from Elbassiouny, leading to wild celebrations.

Now with a big chance of reaching the quarter-finals, Mohamed Ibrahim Ramadan said they were eyeing much more.

He said: "Our goal is to take a medal.

"If we made it to the second round, it would just be another game; and if we won, we would at least get to play in the bronze medal match so why not?"