Cairo (AP) - Defending champion Denmark trembled in a crazy handball thriller against hosts Egypt in the World Cup semi-finals.

The team around superstar Mikkel Hansen, who almost became a tragic figure, won 4: 3 in the seven-meter throw in Cairo.

After two extra times it was 35:35.

Denmark can continue to hope for the second World Cup gold after 2019.

Opponent in the semifinals is the winner of the duel between European champions Spain and Norway.

In a dramatic game, the Danes had twice before their eyes to win.

First in regular time, when they were in possession and outnumbered 22 seconds before the end after a mistake by the World Cup host.

But the team of world champion trainer Nikolaj Jacobsen missed this chance just as in the first extra time.


Hansen, of all people, who was the best thrower with ten goals, caused a seven-meter penalty with unsportsmanlike conduct and received the red card for it.

The same thing happened to the Egyptians in the second extension, which continued the madness of the seven-meter line.

In the nerve duel, Denmark's goalkeeper Niklas Landin from the German record champion THW Kiel advanced to the match winner for the favorite with two throws.

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