Golden European League: a great Turkey win title again, Bronze to Estonia2 min read
Turkey reaffirmed their Golden European League title as on Sunday they claimed the Gold Medals, outclassing at 3-1 Ukraine.
This is the second consecutive title for the players around head coach Nedim Özbey, because Turkey are the 2019 titleholders, too. Recall that the 2020 tournament was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also CEV President Mr. Aleksandar Boricic, attended the Grand Finale.
In details, on the last day of play in the Final Four, Turkey recorded their 8th win in as many matches in the competition. Meeting Ukraine in the Grand Finale, Turkey started better and won a rather easy two first sets, but their rivals showed a good performance in the next two sets and made it difficult for the winners. However, even though the Turkish made some errors, they were able to eventually show better skills in the decisive moments of the march, outclassing the opponents in all the components.
Yiğit Gülmezoglu was decisive from the service line in the end of the fourth set, but the top scorer of the League Round, Adis Lagumdzja became once again Best Scorer, this time scoring 23 points.
Also Estonia finished on a good way their participation in the competition as they bring home the Bronze Medals after claiming a straight-sets victory over the hosts of the Final Four tournament, Belgium. The players around by the French expert Cedric Enard dominated on the court, and needed 84 to win the match.
Recall that Estonia finished first in Pool A of the League Round, but lost at tie break against Turkey in the semifinals. Estonia have two European League titles, claimed in 2016 and in 2018, respectively.
Oliver Venno was the top scorer of the match with 15 points, while Ardo Kreek and Kristo Kollo also contributed, with 13 and 12 points respectively, helping team Estonia to finish with 53% efficiency on the winning spikes.
| 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