Despite a good performance, Greece lost to Portugal and is almost eliminated from EuroVolley 2019. Coach Silva opted for lining up setter Violas in the third set, which proved to be a decisive move. In addition the Ferreira brothers, Alex and Marco, scored 30 points altogether, leading Portugal to the four sets victory. Greek Athanasios Protopsaltis top-scored of the match with 22 points including 2 aces and 2 winning blocks but he wasn’t enough.
Alexandre Ferreira– Portugal’s captain:
“The first set was tough for us. We felt a lot of pressure because we wanted to win this game. And now I’m happy for the team, we still have one more step to go to the next round. Let’s rest, study, and see what happens.”
Georgios Petreas – Greece’s captain:
“We played differently from yesterday. We gave 100% but Portugal are also very strong, they played at the VNL, with some top-level players. That is sport. We’re waiting for tomorrow’s match in order to know whether we qualify or not.”
After lost the first, Italy defeated Bulgaria in four sets, thus assuring the first or second place of Pool A. Blengini’s team improved set after set to land on a clear victory in the last one, notably thanks to Juantorena and Zaytsev. Bulgaria are through with pool matches and place third. They will therefore face the second team of Pool C, which still has to be determined given today’s loss of home country Slovenia to North Macedonia. The last match of Pool A between Italy and France is scheduled tomorrow at 8:30pm. Tsvetan Sokolov was the top scorer of the match with 22 points but he wasn’t enough, while Ivan Zaytsev and Osmany Juantorena were the best on the winning side with 21 and 20 points respectively. Matteo Piano scored 7 winning blocks!
Ivan Zaytsev – Italy’s opposite:
“It was a tough start for us, hard to face the energy of the Bulgarians who served and defended really well in the first set. But then we recovered and eventually won. Tomorrow, we’ll play against France, a match we’ve been waiting for for a long time. They play really well at the moment but we’ll try to mess them.”
2019 CEV European Volleyball Championship, pool stage – Day 6:
POOL A (Montpellier, France)
Greece – Portugal 1-3 (25:19, 21:25, 23:25, 17:25)
Italy – Bulgaria 3-1 (22:25, 25:23, 25:21, 25:17)
POOL B (Brussels & Antwerp, Belgium)
Austria – Spain 2-3 (23:25, 28:26, 23:25, 25:23, 11:15)
Slovakia – Belgium 0-3 (23:25, 20:25, 15:25)
POOL C (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Slovenia – North Macedonia 1-3 (24:26, 28:30, 25:19, 24:26)
Turkey – Belarus 3-1 (25:21, 26:24, 20:25, 25:19)
POOL D (Rotterdam & Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Montenegro – Poland 0-3 (10:25, 17:25, 19:25)
Estonia – Netherlands 1-3 (25:22, 19:25, 19:25, 20:25)
Source and Photos: CEV.