First RefereeBlaz MARKELJSLOSecond RefereeSinisa OVUKABIH
Many basketball and volleyball competitions, many martial arts competitions, and even some tennis competitions were played in the Krešimir Ćosić Hall. The Croatian Volleyball Federation in the Krešimir Ćosić Hall organized the finals of the Croatian Cup and the Snježana Ušić Cup in the 2019/2020 season, MEVZA tournaments for younger age categories and all finals of domestic championships for younger age categories. Capacity: 8000
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Splitska 3, Zadar, 23000 Capacity: 8000
AIRPORT ZADAR – public transportation secured by bus to the main bus station. Distance from airport Zadar to main bus station is 12 km cca. 25 min MAIN BUS STATION in Zadar to Krešimir Ćosić hall Distance from main bus station in Zadar to hall is 7 km cca. 10 min Get directions
"We expect to meet a strong team, we know that it will be a tough match. We have met each other 2 years ago in the Golden League, and both teams claimed one straight-sets victory each. We are both teams that have a similar level, and the ones that put their heart, mind and fire in the game, will emerge victorious"
Head coach, The Netherlands
"The match against The Netherlands is a very important one. For sure, they will enter as favourites, but we are ready to face them. Unfortunately, we haven't reached our top level because we have been practicing together only one week. However, we will fight and will try to remain focused"
Head coach, Croatia
"After this long and unusual season, we gathered to prepare for the Qualifiers. We didn't have so much time together but that's for all the teams. We expect a good fight, we know the team of The Netherlands. We hope for a good result"
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THE NETHERLANDS getting ready for the match
CROATIA ready for the battle
Saving the ball
Parkinson of THE NETHERLANDS ready to attack
Against the block
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Amazing show in Pool A, Dutch celebrations
In what was the opening match of the action in Pool A, Croatia and the Netherlands delivered an inspiring match, with great rallies, keeping the intrigue alive during most of the time. The players around head coach Roberto Piazza emerged victorious and grabbed the 3 points, with the better performance on the block (8 kill blocks) and on the serving line (8 aces) becoming the keys to Friday's success.
- Amazing spectacle marked the beginning of the first set, with both teams breathing down each other's necks. In what can be called a cat-and-mouse game, Croatia and the Netherlands were precise in the different components, but a slightly better performance on the winning spikes allowed the Netherlands to open the match.
- Croatia "returned the favour" in the next set with 16 successful spikes, and tied the score at 1-1.
- The third set began in the same way, with the teams fighting hard for each ball. Neither Croatia, nor the Netherlands could build up a comfortable point difference, and thus, maintained the intrigue in the set alive. With the set unfolding, the Netherlands took their chances on the block (3) and on the serve (3 aces).
- The Netherlands stood better in the last set, while Croatia lacked some concentration in the decisive moments. The Dutch scored 2 kill blocks and 2 aces to seal the victory, emerging victorious in this part.
- Marko Sedlacek from Croatia topped the charts in the match with 22 point, while for the Netherlands Wouter Ter Maat recorded 20.
Wessel Kreemink, player of the Netherlands: "Of course, we are very happy about this win; that's what we came here for. For us, this match was very hard! If you look at the first three sets, you can tell that both teams were very close to each other in the score; only in the last one, we managed to make a greater difference. We have been together only three days, so we are just happy now about the win."
Tsimafei Zhukouski, player of Croatia: "I think that we played a pretty good game in the beginning, it was a good fight against one very good team. I think that we lost because they have many players, were able to make rotations and changes with them, everybody could play. Maybe we weren't prepared to face every player of the opposite team, and I want to congratulate them on the nice victory. The tournament has just started, and we will fight for each point, each set, each game!"
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of CROATIA compared to THE NETHERLANDS.
CROATIA number of service aces compared to THE NETHERLANDS
Errors leading to points of CROATIA, next to those from THE NETHERLANDS