Egypt celebrate their victory over Argentina today in Paris ©Getty Images

Egypt became the first African team to seal a last 16 spot today at the International Handball Federation (IHF) World Championships in France.

This came after a closely contested win over Argentina in front of over 7,000 fans at Paris' AccorHotels Arena.

Egypt led by just three points at 13-10 at half-time.

They were never able to fully press home their advantage but eventually prevailed 31-26 in their Group D clash.

Denmark maintained their unbeaten record at the top of the group by beating Bahrain 30-26 in the same venue.

Both Argentina and Bahrain are now guaranteed to miss out on the last 16.

Denmark beat Bahrain to continue their unbeaten record ©Getty Images
Denmark beat Bahrain to continue their unbeaten record ©Getty Images

Germany also continued a 100 per cent record with a 31-25 win over Belarus in Group C at Rouen's Kindarena.

Hungary are still hoping to join them after thrashing Saudi Arabia 37-24.

They currently lie third and are locked in a three-way battle with Chile and Belarus for the final two slots.

Second placed and already qualified Croatia also won, 37-22, today against the Chileans.

Spain beat Macedonia 29-25 at Arenas de Metz in today's only Group B encounter.

Two more days of round-robin action are due to take place before elimination matches begin on Saturday (January 21).