Golden European League: final is Ukraine – Turkey!1 min read
On Saturday, the defending Golden European League champions from Turkey won the semifinal match against Estonia, and will have the chance to fight for the Gold also in this year’s edition of the competition.
Estonia, who also have two title to their name (in 2016 and in 2018), started much better in the match, leading at 2-0, but then the rivals came back, eventually claiming a 3-2 victory.
Lagumdzija topped the charts again, scoring 36 points, but great performance for the winners also in blocking, with 14.
Estonia were better on the winning spikes (60 to 51), and on the serve (12 aces compared to 6 by Turkey).
On the other semifinal Ukraine, the winners of the 2017 competition, will face tomorrow the defending champions from Turkey in the Grand Finale of this year edition.
Ukraine literally stormed out for a 3-0 over the hosts from Belgium, recording as many as 13 aces that (9 by Plotnytskyi, and a total of 19 points). The players around head coach Ugis Krastins needed 97 minutes to outclass the opponent and book their spot at the Final, being better in all the elements of the match. The hosts were showing equal skill only on the block, finishing with 7, compared by the 8 of Ukraine.
| CEV GOLDEN EUROPEAN LEAGUE 2021 – FINAL FOUR in Kortrijk (BEL)
| Semifinals – June 19, 2021
Estonia – Turkey 2-3 (25:20, 25:13, 22:25, 23:25, 13:15)
Ukraine – Belgium 3-0 (25:15, 25:19, 25:22)
| FINAL – June 20, 2021
Bronze Medal Match: Belgium – Estonia 0-3 (22:25, 19:25, 19:25)
Gold Medal Match: Ukraine – Turkey 1-3 (11:25, 20:25, 25:18, 21:25)
Source and Photos: CEV