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Men's World Cup 2003 - Match description Info

Match description

Egypt beat Korea 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-11) - duration 1:53
28-Nov, start time: 18:05, end time: 19:58 - Attendance: 473
Egypt Fight Back to Down Korea
Egypt won their first match of the men's World Cup when they upset Asian champions Korea 3-2 at Site B in Tokyo. The North Africans fought back to win 25-20, 21-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-11 and resign Korea to their fifth defeat.

Egypt enjoyed the better start, their captain Awad Hamdy Elsafy was in excellent form and troubled Korea with his spiking as the North Africans built a commanding 14-7 lead. Korea's best moments came from Shin Young-Soo and Lee Hyung-Doo, and although Korea saved three set points they were powerless to stop Egypt taking the first set with an Elsafy drop shot.

There was more urgency to Korea at the start of the second, the introduction of Chang Byung-Chul paying immediate dividends. However, they struggled to gain any significant advantage until mid-way through the set when an ace from captain Choi Tae-Wong gave them a three-point lead. Again Egypt fought back. Mahmoud Hassona dominated at the net as they drew level at 20-20, but Korea held on to level the match.

Korea's rhythm improved in the third, with Choi finding his attackers as they sent down a barrage of big hits. But they had to work hard for every point as they took an 18-14 lead off a Lee ace. The constant pressure began to tell as Korea comfortably closed out the set with a Chang ace.

Korea looked the stronger team early in the fourth, but Elsafy was still causing problems and preventing them taking a dominant lead. Egypt fought back from 11-8 down to lead 16-15, before leveling with a spike from Awad Eslam Mohamed.

The momentum was with Egypt in the tie-break. They led from the start and deservedly took the match with some steely defense and powerful hitting from Elsafy and Awad.