Mathias Gidsel, who scored six goals for Denmark, has his shirt pulled up his back by a Qatari player during their IHF World Men's Handball Championship match ©Getty Images

Defending champions Denmark were among the winners as Groups I and II got underway in the main round phase of the International Handball Federation (IHF) World Men’s Handball Championship in Egypt.

Teams started this phase of the competition with the points gained against the sides in their main round group which they had already faced earlier in the tournament.

In Group II defending champions Denmark, starting on four points, began this phase with an impressive 32-23 win over Qatar, who started with two.

Mathias Gidsel scored six goals for the Danes as they dominated proceedings at the Cairo Stadium Sports Hall.

Also in the group Croatia, starting on three points, defeated Bahrain 28-18, taking advantage of the Asian nation’s slow start to secure victory by a comfortable margin.

Zlatko Horvat scored eight goals for the Croatians during the win which leaves Bahrain on zero points as they have taken no points through from the first phase.

The third match in the group was a closer affair as Argentina, starting on two points, edged out Japan 28-24.

Federico Pizarro scoring ten goals for the Argentinians during the game, including nine in the first half, with the result leaving Japan with the one point they had earned from the first phase.

Three games also took place in Group I, all played at the New Capital Sports Hall in Cairo.

The first saw Poland, starting on two points, beating Uruguay 30-16 in a dominant display, which leaves the South American nation with zero points as they did not earn any during the first phase.

Argentina (blue and white shirts) defeated Japan by four goals in both sides opening match of the IHF World Men's Handball Championship main round ©Getty Images
Argentina (blue and white shirts) defeated Japan by four goals in both sides opening match of the IHF World Men's Handball Championship main round ©Getty Images

The second match of the day saw Hungary, starting top of the group with four points, produce an equally dominant performance as they defeated Brazil, who started with one point by 29 goals to 23.

The final group match of the night was a tighter affair as Spain, starting on three points, defeated Germany 32-28.

Entrerrios Rodriguez scored six goals for Spain as they converted their three goal lead at the break into a four goal win, leaving Germany with just the one point that they started this phase with.

Group I of the President’s Cup, a tournament for teams that finished in fourth place in the group stage, also got underway albeit with one fixture played.

Cape Verde withdrew from the competition during the group stage after a coronavirus outbreak within the squad left them short of players and unable to fulfil matches.

Despite their withdrawal, Cape Verde still feature in Group I of the President’s Cup with teams awarded 10-0 victories for matches against them.

That meant Tunisia recorded the walkover win today, while the group match that was played saw DR Congo edge Angola 32-31.

The winning goal came with 26 seconds remaining on the clock during the match at the Dr Hassan Moustafa Indoor Sports Complex in the 6th of October City.

All teams in the President’s Cup start this phase of the event on a level playing field, with no points carried through from the group stage.

Action continues tomorrow with the second round of matches in Groups III and IV in the main round and Group II of the President’s Cup.