The opening game of the Pool A in Krakow. Two years ago, at the EuroVolley 2019, Greece have returned after a ten-year-absence, finishing 16th. Up until now their best result was the bronze medal earned in 1987. The Ukrainian team, led by Ugis Krastins, will participate in the championship for the 6th time now and had won 13 matches of 31 played in total in Europe’s prime competition. In 2019 they were ranked 7th after losing 2-3 in quarterfinals to Serbia.
First RefereeSusana Maria RODRIGUEZ JATIVAESPSecond RefereeSalvis KURTISSLAT
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Konstantinos Stivachtis is the most experienced player of the Greek National Team, playing in a high level since 2003. Only one year played overseas for Castellana Grotte, Italy. Last season he won the Greek League with Olympiacos Piraeus and named the MVP of 2020-2021 season.
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Drawing of lots before the match Greeve vs Ukraine
Dmytro TERYOMENKO during the warm-up
Team photo of Greece
Presentation of teams during the match Grecce vs. Ukraine
National anthem of Ukraine
National anthem of Greece
Coaching staff of Greece
Ukrainian team is ready to start the game
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Ukraine fight back and dominate tie-break for opening day win
The opening match of Pool A in the men’s European Championship finished with a tie-break victory for team Ukraine, who fought till the end against Greece. The match went to form as the Greeks ended the 2019 championship in 16th place, while Ukraine was positioned seventh.
The beginning of the first set was really tied (5:5) and without doubts the one of the brightest starts of team Hellas was the 28-years-old outside spiker Athanasios Protopsaltis, who scored ten points in total just in the first part of the game. His impressive performance helped Greece to build a four points tactical advantage (17-13), and then finally to win in the opening set to 22 points.
In the second set it was also the team of Dimitrios Andreopoulos who took the lead initially, but the Ukrainian players not only made it a tie really fast (10:10), but in the end also won the second set after a challenge, which proved that the ball was in of the serve of Dmytro Viietskyi (26-24).
Third part of the game was the show of Greece’s spiking and blocking power. Even though the Ukrainian team dragged the match back level (16-16), the final stage of the set was fully dominated by the Hellas, who won 25-22.
The players of Ugis Kastins were really determined to stay in the game, so they started to play really hard in the serving field, scoring three aces in this period (12-7), the fourth set was as well the show of the team’s captain Oleh Plotnytskyi, who became the best scorer of his team in the end with 24 points.
The tie-break was absolutely dominated by Ukraine straight from the beginning, who immediately secured a significant advantage (8-2) and kept it easily to the end of the opening game 15-6.
"The first game is always nervous and really difficult for us. Greece played good and we started slowly, sometimes not believing in ourselves, but later we found our game and we improved our defence, block, attack, serve - all elements. It was a good game for us ahead of tomorrow, when we will face Serbia. Tomorrow we have to start play immediately our volleyball."
captain of Ukraine
"We expected a good fight. We are a young and new team, so for us it's very important to play games like this. We fought well against a very strong opponent, but unfortunately in the fifth set we didn't have luck, it was a bad moment for our team. We had three young players from the U22 team on the court and they played very well, so it's very promising for our team. Obviously, winning these two sets was also very important for us."
outside hitter of Greece
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 GREECE compared to UKRAINE.
GREECE number of service aces compared to UKRAINE
Errors leading to points of GREECE, next to those from UKRAINE