FRANKFURT: Egypt came desperately close to netting its first win at the Handball World Championship in Bremen, Germany on Sunday.
Losing 30-31 to the Czech Republic 30-31, Egypt has now lost both games in Group D and is likely out of the competition.
Germany got five goals apiece from Christian Zeitz and Sebastian Preiss in a 32-20 win over Argentina in Group C in Halle. The Germans also improved to 2-0, as did Poland, by beating Brazil 31-23.
Juan Garcia scored 11 goals to help defending champion Spain rout Qatar 41-18 Sunday at the handball World Championship.
Tomas Gonzales added nine for Spain, which improved to 2-0 in Group D of the 24-nation, two-week tournament.
France, the European champions, rolled past Australia 47-10 in Group B for its second win in two games. Michael Guigou paced France with 10 goals and Luc Abalo added seven. Australia lost top scorer Milan Slavujevic to a knee injury in the first minute of the game.
Ukraine beat Iceland 32-29 and both teams are 1-1 now in Group B.
Tunisia scored its second victory in Group A by beating Greenland 36-20. Wissem Bousnina led Tunisia with nine goals.
Slovenia beat Kuwait 33-23 in the same group for its second win.
Teams with 2-0 records are virtually sure to advance to the next round.Russia, held to a draw by South Korea on Saturday, bounced back to defeat Morocco 35-19 behind 11 goals from Eduard Kocharov in Group F.
Olympic champion Croatia routed South Korea 41-23.
In Group E, Denmark beat Angola 39-20 to go 1-1. Angola is 0-2.