After a strong opening match with German giants SC Magdeburg, Sydney Uni Handball Club stumbled against Egyptian champions, Zamalek SC, going down 19:38, in the placement rounds of the 2021 Super Globe, in Jeddah yesterday.
Sydney Uni managed to keep up with Zamalek’s frantic pace for only until the 11-minute mark, when Australian representative Bevan Calvert found space to jump from the right-wing and level the scores, 5:5.
Zamalek then took complete control of the game, shutting down Sydney Uni’s attack. The Aussies found Zamalek’s goalkeeper, Mahmoud Khalil, in uncompromising form.
It took 14 minutes for Sydney Uni to get their next goal. By that point, Zamalek had scored nine more times to build a 14:5 lead, leaving the Aussies with an impossible mission for the rest of the game. At halftime, Zamalek led 18:7.
The game continued to be one-sided in the second half, and by the 40th minute, Zamalek had built a 25:9 lead.
In the remaining twenty minutes, Sydney Uni managed to go goal-for-goal with the Egyptians, but the damage had already been done.
Mahmoud Khalil finished the game with 16 saves, at a stunning rate of 45%, including two penalties.
Kai Dippe was the game’s top scorer with 8 goals, and Akram Saad top-scored for Zamalek with 7.
Sydney Uni will now regroup for their next match against home team Al-Wehda, on Friday.
Photo courtesy: IHF