#Euro 2021 Qualifiers: Latvia confirm their leadership, first victory for Cyprus
As action at the CEV EuroVolley 2021 Men qualifier resumed on Friday in Nicosia, Cyprus, Latvia were able to improve their leadership with another straight sets victory, this time over Moldova (25:22, 25:17, 25:22). As a result, Latvia have cemented their position at the top of the standing in Pool D and have their sights set on qualifying for the 2021 edition of EuroVolley due to take place in the late summer of 2021 in Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia and Finland.
Atvars Ozolins was the top scorer for the winners with 15 points, like by his teammate Hermans Egleskalns and Moldova’s Mihai Voleanschii. At this moment, Latvia are the only team with a 3-1 record in the pool after Spain’s surprising defeat vs. the hosts of Cyprus.
On the other match, Cyprus celebrated a fantastic 3-0 victory over Spain (27:25, 25:22, 25:23), and this is the very first time in Volleyball history that the team from the Mediterranean island emerges victorious from a clash with one of Europe’s top Volleyball nations.
Cyprus’ coach Jorge Cannestracci made two moves to surprise the Spaniards: Avgoustinos Savvidis and Nicolaos Eleftheriou in the starting six. Eleftheriou was also the top scorer of the match with 17 points.
“This is a dream victory and achievement and it shows that the level of Cyprus Volleyball has risen to such an extent that we can beat even such strong opponents as Spain,” said Sotiris Siapanis.
POOL D – September 4
Latvia – Moldova 3-0 (25:22, 25:17, 25:22)
Cyprus – Spain 3-0 (27:25, 25:22, 25:23)
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Source and photo: CEV