Egypt were one of three teams to book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Men's Handball Championship ©Getty Images

Egypt, Germany and Norway booked their places in the quarter-finals at the World Men’s Handball Championship as main round action continued in Poland and Sweden.

In Group IV, played at the Malmo Arena in Sweden, Egypt secured their place in the last eight after a 26-22 triumph over Bahrain.

Egypt keeper Karim Hendawy proved the difference between the sides, making ten saves in the opening period.

In attack for Egypt, Ali Merza Ali scored six goals from nine shots, with Egypt finishing top of the group on six points.

Defending champions Denmark sit in second place in Group IV, following a 33-24 triumph against the United States.

The Danes, who have now won 25 consecutive games in the competition, shared the goals around the team during the contest, with Samuel Hoddersen scoring five goals from six attempts.

Denmark, who rested key players and rotated their team, have five points in the group, with Bahrain in third on four points.

In the other game in the group Croatia claimed a crucial 34-26 victory over Belgium, to keep their quarter-final hopes alive.

Croatia keeper Mate Sunjic was named player of the match after an impressive display in goal, making a total of 20 saves in the contest.

Marin Jelinic finished as Croatia’s most prolific player in attack with six goals from eight attempts.

In Group III, played at the Katowice Arena in Poland, Germany secured a quarter-final berth after overcoming The Netherlands 33-26.  

Germany knew a win would guarantee a last-eight berth, and a run of five unanswered goals in the second half proved crucial for the Germans.

They were also indebted to the efforts of keeper Andreas Wolff, recipient of the player of the match award, who saved 17 shots with a 43 per cent efficiency.

Norway also secured their place in the quarter-finals courtesy of a comfortable 30-17 triumph against Qatar.

Norway led 5-0 after just seven minutes and dominated in attack and defence throughout the contest, which saw the keeper Torbjorn Bergerud named player of the match.

Kristian Bjornsen and Goran Johannessen both scored six goals from as many attempts for Norway.

In the other match in the group two sides eliminated from quarter-final contention, Serbia and Argentina met, with Serbia running out 28-22 winners.

A dominant passage of play between the 23rd and 41st minutes helped Serbia earn the win, with Bogdan Radivojevic scoring six goals from seven shots.

Main round action is scheduled to continue tomorrow with Groups I and II due to conclude.