In a clash between Brazil and Poland, the first match of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Chicago, the young Poland take a great five set victory (25:23, 23:25, 25:21, 21:25, 15:9). Bartosz Bednorz was his team Poland’s top scorer with 18 points, while Wallace De Souza scored 21 on the other side.
The South Americans defeated their European rivals in four sets in week 1 of the Preliminary Round in Katowice, but this time it was their European rivals who prevailed.
Brazil entered the Finals as the team to beat after claiming a total of 14 victories in the Preliminary Round, losing just once to Serbia in week 3 in Gondomar, Portugal. Poland won 11 of their 15 matches to end the Preliminary Round in fifth position.
Brazil head coach Renan Dal Zotto: “Brazil was pretty tense today. We started off the match well, but then things went a lot better for Poland. They played a lot better than us today. Brazil had a bad day. We need to focus on the next game now to make sure to qualify for the semifinals.”
Poland head coach Vital Heynen: “I don’t look forward to tomorrow’s match. We enjoy the game today. The game tomorrow is another day. I left 10-12 guys in Poland, all young guys are here. Those young guys are beating Brazil. So I cannot talk about tomorrow. I first talk about this. Amazing performance by my players.”
Poland head coach Heynen on the Polish crowd: “Polish fans are great across the globe, whether in Poland, Australia or here in Chicago.”
Poland captain Karol Klos: “Wow, I am so proud of my players on beating a strong team from Brazil. Now we need to focus on Iran, and then we can be sure about semifinals.”
2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Final Six:
Brazil – Poland 2-3 (23:25, 25:23, 21:25, 25:21, 9:15)
USA – France 3-1 (25:16, 25:22, 23:25, 25:21)
Source and Photos: volleyball.world