Last second heroics highlight men's handball

Aug. 12, 2008, 10:44 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Three Olympic men's handball games came down to winning shots in the final two minutes Tuesday.

Alexey Rastvortsev scored in the 59th minute to boost Russia past Egypt 28-27. Rastvortsev led the Russians with eight goals. Ahmed Al-Ahmar led Egypt with 10 goals.

The win helped Russia, the 2004 bronze medalists, avoid an 0-2 start.

Alberto Rocas scored the game-winning goal in the 59th minute as Spain defeated Poland 30-29. Spain, like Russia, avoided an 0-2 start. Poland is 1-1.

Jung Suyoung scored in the final minute as South Korea beat Denmark 31-30. South Korea is 1-1-0, while Denmark is 0-1-1.

In other action, Mirza Dzomba scored on all seven of his shots, and defending Olympic champion Croatia defeated Brazil 33-14.

Croatia held Brazil to five goals in the first half and led by as many as 20 goals in the second half. Croatia improved to 2-0, while Brazil fell to 0-2.

France defeated China 33-19. The French are 2-0 and have outscored their opponents 67-45.

Iceland also is unbeaten after defeating Germany 33-29. The small island nation already has beaten Germany, the 2007 world champion, and Russia, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, in pool play. Action resumes Thursday.