One of these teams will today have the opportunity to gain their first victory inEuroVolley 2021. After Belgium lost 1-3 to defending champion Serbia yesterday evening, and Portugal needed to accept defeat against the reigning World Champions Poland. Their best scorers from those matches were Alexandre Ferreira and Sam Deroo, who both contributed with 15 points.
First RefereeVladimir OLEYNIKRUSSecond RefereeOzan Cagi SARIKAYATUR
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Kortrijk is Stijn’s hometown. His dad got him into volleyball as Stijn really enjoyed watching him having so much fun and so started to play as well. Stijn has won titles in Belgium and Italy but they are hard to compare. Reading some books do help him relax when he is not playing.
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Portuguese defence by Hugo Fernando LUCAS GASPAR as Libero Ivo CASAS watches on
Portugal happy after scoring, led in celebration by Ivo CASAS
Great floor pancake by Ivo CASAS (26) done at the stretch
D'Hulst (4) and Van Elsen (7) in action for Belgium
Spectacular defense Libero Ivo CASAS (26)
Sam Deroo (3) and Matthijs Verhanneman (12) in discussion
Setter from Stijn D'HULST (4) sets the ball for spike
Belgium celebrates a crucial point
Portugal celebrates together after winning the match
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Portugal withstand Belgian fight back to take tie-break win
Both the national team of Belgium and Portugal lost their opening matches in Pool A of the EuroVolley 2021 yesterday – so day 2 mattered. The teams met each other on the court at the Tauron Arena in Krakow and in the end it was the Portuguese players who could celebrate a thrilling 3-2 victory.
It was a good start for Portugal in the first set, who built up a few-points advantage (4-1) and kept it right until the middle of the set. Towards the end the Belgian team managed to reduce the gap to one point (21-20), but finally the winner was the Portuguese (25:23).
The second set was quite difficult for both teams, neither of them were able to secure any advantage, and the key players lost their effectiveness in attack. So the coaches decided to perform some positional substitutions and although the ending was fairly equal, it was Portugal again who kept a cool head and became took it to 22 points.
In the third part Belgium fought hard so it would not be the last set of the game. They edged ahead from the beginning of the game and their opponents did not seem to have any solution on how to stop them (18-13).
The fourth set was tied until halfway, but then the eventual top scorer of Belgium, outside spiker and captain of the team – Sam Deroo, made the difference, helping his team to win comfortably (25:18).
The final result of the match was about to get settled. It was 8-7 at the turnaround, but in the end Portugal succeeded in coming back when it mattered and rode out 15-13 winners.
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 BELGIUM compared to PORTUGAL.
BELGIUM number of service aces compared to PORTUGAL
Errors leading to points of BELGIUM, next to those from PORTUGAL
"We had a very good start. I think that serve made a huge difference, they know how to play volleyball so we had to push them with our service, because defence and block are not our strengths. We were a little bit down physically, but in the end we made it. We also had a very good reception. Every victory is important for us, we just try to enjoy the game and give our best. Even if it's impossible to win like yesterday, we try to learn, so I'm very happy that we won against Belgium."
outside hitter of Portugal
"I think that we started slow, we were losing 2-0 so it was difficult, but we made a nice comeback to turn around the game. Also the fifth set we started well, and then in the end a few small mistakes and a lack of experience of play on the highest level were decisive. At the end a coin flipped and we just lost it, so it's hard a disappointing. We need to be better in small aspects of the game, we have to improve them. We can still grow and beat some teams."
outside hitter of Belgium