Doha: Qatar defeated Saudi Arabia 30-20 to emerge as Group A leaders at the Asian Handball Championship in Suwon, South Korea, on Saturday.
The victory was Qatar’s third in the trot and would give a big boost to their hat-trick bid.
The two-time defending champions, coached by Valero Rivera, led 21-10 at half-time.
Hamza Zouaoui scored eight goals for Qatar while Rafael helped himself with five. Mahmoud Hassaballa also had a good game, scoring four goals.
Qatar are now placed in the Group B of the second round, alongside Japan, Bahrain and UAE, with the top two teams advancing to the semifinals.
Qatar take on Japan on Monday.
Group A comprises Iran, Oman, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.