France will play at the Tokyo Olympic Games! The home court and supporters didn’t help the hosts of Germany in their mission to take the Tokyo 2020 ticket.
France won a fantastic game, beating the rivals in straight sets 25:20, 25:20, 25:23 in front of fully packed Max Schmeling Hale.
Only in the third set Germany had some chances to exted the game but they didn’t manage to do it.
Georg Grozer was the top scorer of the match, named MVP of the match, finishing the match with 20 points. For the winners, Jean Patry, scored 14 points while Earvin Ngapeth added 12 points. French middle blocker Barthélémy Chinenyeze had an outstanding performance by scoring 82% in attack, with 10 points.
Germany will miss the Olympics for its second time in a row: their last appearances at the Olympic Games was in 2012.
CEV Olympic Qualifiers final:
Germany – France 0-3 (20:25, 20:25, 23:23)
France captain Benjamin Toniutti: “It was a perfect match. We played amazingly well for two sets. Also the third set we played well. We missed more serves, but we kept our focus and we found a solution to win. And it was an unbelievable day. Yesterday we came back, I don’t know how, but today we just played perfect volleyball and we got the ticket to Tokyo.”
France coach Laurent Tillie: “I’m happy and it was a perfect match because we respected the detail of the game. Our game plan was perfect and we were very focused on what we had to do. That’s incredible, because we were tired, exhausted, but we focused. We had to change some things during the match, but we had a good reception and we spiked exactly where we had to spike, so it was perfect.”
Germany captain Lukas Kampa: “Well, congratulations to the French. I think deservedly they won…with the pressure they built on serves, which you had’t seen in a match before. We had accordingly big problems to build such a pressure through our serves at the same time. And that’s why we weren’t as close to winning a set or the game today. And that’s tough, but I think that’s what it was.”
Germany’s Head Coach Andrea Giani. “France played very well. I think they are a team which has shown 100 per cent in their serve. Four guys were excellent in their serve. They worked very well in the block and the defence and it was not easy. In volleyball we think about mistakes or you have a bad reception. But no, it is more. Their serve in the first set was a really good serve. We tried to find solutions, to stay in the match. We tried it in the third set, we tried it the whole time. But we made too many mistakes today. I don’t like thinking about losing a match. My philosophy is to think about the tournament. We played well, but this was the last match. This, for us, was the last chance to go to Tokyo. Bravo to the guys of France.”