Russia and Ukraine lock horns for the fourth time at European Championships, all three previous encounters ended in straight sets won by Russia (1993, 1995, 2005). In this edition, the team under guidance of Tuomas Sammelvuo suffered unexpected defeat in the opening game, losing 3-1 to Turkey, but then they got back on track to complete pool phase in 2nd place in Pool C. Ukraine also struggled at the beginning of the tournament, but eventually recording three wins they finished 3rd.
· Poland have won six of their seven matches against Finland at European Championships. The exception was a 3-0 defeat in the second round pool in 2007.
· Poland and Finland last met at the European Championships in 2017, when Poland won 3-0 in Gdansk. Bartosz Kurek scored 15 points for the home team and Olli-Pekka Ojansivu was Finland's top scorer on nine points.
· Poland and Finland's most recent meeting in a major international competition was at the 2018 World Championship. Poland won 3-1 in the first round and would go on to win their third world title.
· Finland's last triumph against Poland at a major international competition was a 3-2 win in the 2012 World League.
· Poland won all five of their group matches at EuroVolley 2021. They finished as group winners in Pool A.
· Poland finished in the top eight in four of the last six editions of the tournament: champions in 2009, third in 2011, fifth in 2015 and third in 2019.
· Poland have won 13 of their last 14 matches at European Championships, and each of their last six games.
· Poland last suffered defeat at the European Championships in the 2019 semi-finals: 3-1 against Slovenia.
· Wilfredo Leon Venero (65) leads Poland in scoring at EuroVolley 2021.
· Piotr Nowakowski is the leading blocker at the 2021 European Championships on 22 points from blocks and a set average of 1.29. At the European Championship in 2019, Ukraine's Yurii Semeniuk finished the final round as the best blocker on 22 points from blocks.
· Finland finished fourth in Pool C on a W3-L2 record. They beat Turkey 3-2 in their most recent match.
· Finland were eliminated in the Eighth Finals in 2019, after a 3-0 loss against France. They lost their Playoff matches for the quarter-finals in 2015 and in 2017. Their most recent top-eight finish came in 2013, when they lost in the quarter-finals.
· The last time Finland won a knockout match at the European Championships was in 2011, when they won 3-2 versus Slovenia in the Playoffs for the quarter-finals.
· Finland have scored 455 points at EuroVolley 2021, two points more than Poland (453).
· Urpo Sivula (91) is Finland's top scorer at EuroVolley 2021, including 86 from spikes. He was the team's top scorer in 2019 on 66 points in the final round.
“Our aim for this tournament was to be better and improve from each match. We do not have any fears, we just embrace the new challenges that are presented to us in each match.”
"I know they were playing well and fighting to the end in their pool. Their receivers are very good - we just hope to use our experience and have a good game.”
Outside Spiker Poland
First RefereeStefano CESAREITASecond RefereeSusana Maria RODRIGUEZ JATIVAESP
You can easily reach the venue by using public transportation. The two most convenient means include SKM trains which run regularly from all local directions (leave at Gdańsk Żabianka stop, then take a 10-minute walk down the Subisława and Rybacka streets) and ZTM trams (trams no. 2, 8, 6, 11 – leave at Gospody/Osiedle Wejhera stops, then follow the information boards). In order to get to ERGO ARENA straight from the airport, take the PKM train which has its stop at the airport, then change at Gdańsk Wrzeszcz stop and take the SKM train towards Gdańsk Żabianka. For fans, who are choosing to travel by car, we recommend the so-called Green Route which connects the venue with Grunwaldzka street/Niepodległości avenue – the main Gdańsk-Sopot road. Capacity: 12000
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ERGO ARENA is one of the biggest and most advanced multifunctional venues in Poland. Located right on the border of Gdańsk and Sopot, ERGO ARENA can gather up to 11100 fans during volleyball and basketball games and, depending on the kind of planned event, can bring together from 5100 up to 15000 people. Starting in 2010, ERGO ARENA has been providing Poland with the highest level of entertainment. Get directions
The 32-year-old outside-hitter-turned-opposite is one of the most recognizable faces of the Polish squad in which he debuted in 2007. After missing from Poland’s 2014 world championship roster, he silenced his critics by catching the title in 2018 and becoming the tournament’s MVP. That is just one of many individual awards of the talented 2009 European Champion and Europe’s Best Player of 2018.
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All eyes on the ball! Wilfredo Leon observing where Mikko Esko sets the ball
Michał Kubiak trying to spike the ball
Ready to serve
Łukasz Kaczmarek and WIlfredo Leon celebrating spectacular action
Fans enjoying Volleyball party in Ergo Arena
Polish team photo after winning the match
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Poland crush Finland in straight sets progress to QFs
In the second eighth final match, at the Ergo Arena in Gdańsk, two of the co-host teams faced each other as Poland took on Finland. Polish players won all of the five matches of the pool A, qualifying through in first place, while Finland, playing at home in Tampere, finished in the fourth place of their pool.
The reigning World Champions were the clear favourites for this match and stepped into to game with great services performed by the outside hitter, Wilfredo Leon (8-3). The players, led by their head coach Vital Heynen, did not leave any room for doubt for Finland and headed towards an easy win in the opening part (19-12), which finally came true thanks to the attacks of the opposite, Łukasz Kaczmarek (25-16).
The players of Joel Banks’ team were not eager to give up without a fight and started the second set with a scoring point-for-point attitude (7-7). Close to the middle of the set Wilfredo Leon reminded his opponents of his great effectiveness in attack, immediately securing a five-points distance for his team (15-10). The last word in this part belonged to the middle blocker, Jakub Kochanowski (25-16).
The last part of today’s game, similarly to the previous ones, was a show of Poland’s dominance in every element (8-4). Team Suomi seemed not to have a solution how to defeat their rivals and was about to finish their journey at EuroVolley 2021 at the level of eight finals (18-11). A double block closed the match for a straight sets victory for Poland (25-14).
Poland’s quarter-final match will take place on Tuesday at the Ergo Arena against Russia, who earlier today defeated the team of Ukraine.
"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."
libero of Poland
"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."
captain of Finland
The match in numbers
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 POLAND compared to FINLAND.
POLAND number of service aces compared to FINLAND
Errors leading to points of POLAND, next to those from FINLAND