#Euro2021 Qualifiers: Moldova upset Spain, Cyprus still winless
Moldova inflicted first defeat to Spain at the 2021 CEV Volleyball European Championship qualifier.
So, there are no undefeated teams in Pool D in Nicosia, Cyprus. Spain surprisingly succumbed to Moldova in the last round of the first stage of the qualifications in four sets (23:25, 25:20, 25:21, 25:19). Mihai Voleanschi (not so known to the high volleyball public and a member of France’s third division side Harnes Volley-Ball last season) was Moldova’s most prolific player with 31 points. “You may regard our victory over Spain as a surprise, but we delivered an excellent performance,” he said. “I think we deserved this victory. We owe a lot of respect to Spain and therefore the feeling resulting from this victory tastes even better.”
This was Spain’s first defeat in three rounds and now both today’s rivals have the same record (2-1) and the same number of points (6) in the standings.
In the other match, after destroying Cyprus, Latvia are tied with the mentioned duo in both parameters, which means that in the next three rounds (the second stage starts on September 4) which will also be played in the Cypriot capital, these three teams will have equal chances of securing the spot at the continental tournament next summer.
Spain — Moldova 3-1 (25:23, 20:25, 21:25, 19:25)
Latvia – Cyprus 3-0 (25:17, 25:16, 25:11)
Formula: Second round robin again in Cyprus from 4 to 6 September. The winners of the 7 pools and the best 5 runners-up qualify for the European Championships.
Source and photos: CEV