The star Hilal Jihad led the national handball team to achieve a valuable victory over his Chinese counterpart with a score of 31-30, after scoring the winning goal in the last second, in the second round of the first group competitions, in the preliminary round of the Asian qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Olympics. It is currently hosted by the Qatari capital, Doha, until October 28.
The same group also witnessed a new victory for the South Korean team over Saudi Arabia 29-27, knowing that the first Korean victory came at the expense of the national team 29-23 in the opening round, which also recorded the victory of the Qatari team over the Chinese 34-25, and the Saudi team over the Indian 46. -17. The national team shares with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and is ranked second in the second group with two points, while the South Korean team strengthened its lead in the group with two points. The start of the team’s match with its Chinese counterpart was close, but the defensive laxity of the “White” players, especially on the wings, allowed the Chinese to end the first half with a three-goal lead, with a score of 17-14. With the start of the second half, the team’s performance improved, and it succeeded in the tenth minute in achieving a 20-20 draw, and continuing to exchange the lead with the Chinese team, before the “White” team returned to impose a tie again in the last minute, 30-30, and then invest a quick attack in the second. The latter won 31-30 with a goal by Hilal Jihad.
• The team shares runner-up status with Saudi Arabia and Qatar in Group Two.
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