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French Handball Player Karabatic Says Game with Egypt "Tough"

Fri 06 Aug 2021 | 05:15 PM
Mohamed Helba

Center Back of France handball team Nikola Karabatic said the semifinal match with Egypt at Tokyo Olympics was tough.

"We started so bad. We played really badly in the offence, I missed a lot of shots, taking some shots too early, and they countered us," Karabatic said as he commented on Egypt taking a 5-1 lead after 7 minutes of the game.

"They were leading 5-1, so it was tough to come back, but we managed to do it and this shows how tough mentally we are. I'm really proud of the team."

"I'm so thrilled and happy about it. We will have a medal no matter what and now we have two days to prepare our game and come back stronger.

"I personally badly wanted to reach this final. With our team we lost the past three semifinals in a row (at the 2021 and 2019 World Championship as well as the 2018 European Championship) so we had to respond today and it was really difficult, because they played really good."