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Olympic Handball Day 7: Brazil's men hold off hard-charging Argentina

Olympic Handball Day 7: Brazil's men hold off hard-charging Argentina
Posted at 8:16 PM, Jul 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-29 23:46:34-04

Editor's note: This article will be updated with all the day's handball action in Tokyo.

Brazil 25, Argentina 23

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Joao Silva found the back of the net six times on six shots in the first half Friday to lead Brazil's men's handball team to its first victory in Group A action at the Tokyo Olympics in a thriller over winless Argentina.

Brazil rode Silva's hot hand to a 14-7 halftime lead at Yoyogi National Stadium, and while Argentina rallied after the break to make the final score respectable, Brazil managed to hold off the challenge while improving to 1-3 in group play.

Argentina fell to 0-4, effectively killing its slim hopes of advancing.
 

Bahrain 32, Japan 30

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There was another battle between winless countries in Group B, and Bahrain iced its first-ever Olympic victory at the expense of the host nation.

Bahrain (1-3) scored with 1:39 left in the match for a seemingly comfortable 31-29 cushion, but Japan's Hiroki Motoki answered 11 seconds later. Bahrain's Mohamed Ahmed responded to the late pressure by effectively ending things with the final score of the match with 37 ticks left on the clock, sending Japan to its fourth consecutive loss.