23 September 2021

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Eurovolley 2021: Russia and Poland first quarterfinalists!

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Russia is the first team to earned a promotion to the quarter-finals of the 2021 CEV European Championship, but they have to soak their shirts with sweat to get such a result, ad Ukraine forces them to hard fight.
Russia qualified through to the match after finishing in second place in Pool C, while Ukraine finished 3rd in pool A.

Russia and Ukraine have met today in the volleyball match of the knockout stage for the first time in 16 years.
The former prevailed in the eight-final duel of the teams coming from the two countries who have been having political frictions for several years at the CEV EuroVolley 2021, and 3-1 is the final result.
Partially it was 22:25, 25:16, 25:22 and 25:22. The key moment was when the team commanded by Uģis Krastiņš dropped 14-10 in the third set of the encounter held in Ergo Arena of Gdańsk, Poland.
Egor Kliuka top-scored Russia with 21 points, including 4 aces, while Dmitrii Volkov had 72% reception (29 digs, one error, 17% excellent). Yurii Semeniuk tallied 14 points on the losing side, including five winning blocks.

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Igor Kobzar, captain of Russia: “It was a tough match and a good fight. Ukraine surprised us a little bit, they showed good volleyball and they helped us a bit by making many mistakes. Our spike was a key to this victory and we are happy that we qualified to quarterfinals.

Oleh Plotnytskyi, captain of Ukraine: “Maybe somehow in the second set we didn’t believe in ourselves. We made some mistakes and Russia is a top team, silver medallist from the Olympic Games and they don’t waste such opportunities. But then we created a great show for people here, I think they liked it. It was also a game for us, because we faced vice-Olympic champions and we are just starting. We showed that we always fight and we are always together and this is important.

In second eight-final of the day, also Poland deservedly advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition, in a match in which they did not give Finland any chances.
The world champion presented itself in the best possible light in front of the 8526 home fans in Gdańsk and quickly won: 3-0 (25:16, 25:16, 25:14). A result that speaks for itself: in third set 22-12 for the team commanded by Vital Heynen.
Wilfredo León was the most prolific player on the winning side with 14 points, while Bartosz Kurek had 83% attack (10/12, one error).
Poland will face Russia in quarterfinal!

| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

Paweł Zatorski, libero of Poland: “It’s amazing to play at a venue full of fans. The fans give us extra energy, so we always have to give everything in the game like this one. I think that we did our job, we progressed to the next phase, but now there are more difficult matches against opponents from the highest level, so we have to expect more resistance.”

Niklas Seppanen, captain of Finland: “We did our best but they are a great team and today we didn’t have a chance. I think that they are ahead of us in every element, they have higher standards in every component of the game. If we want to win games like this you have to play more against teams at the top level.

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| CEV EuroVolley 2021 | EIGHTH FINALS

| September 11, 2021
• Russia (C2) – Ukraine (A3) 3-1 (22:25, 25:16, 25:22, 25:22)
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

• Poland (A1) – Finland (C4) 3-0 (25:16, 25:16, 25:14)
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

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| September 12, 2021
Italy (B1) – Latvia (D4) 3-0 (25:14, 25:13, 25:16)
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

Netherlands (C1) – Portugal (A4) 3-2 (22:25, 25:22, 26:24, 20:25, 15:13)

Germany (D2) – Bulgaria (B3) 3-1 (25:14, 18:25, 25:19, 25:22)
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

Serbia (A2) – Turkey (C3) 3-2 (25:18, 22:25, 22:25, 25:23, 15:12)

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| September 13, 2021
• Slovenia (B2) – Croatia (D3), 4 p.m. CET
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

• France (D1) – Czech Republic (B4), 7 p.m.
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

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