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Overview

The most electrifying encounter in Pool A. The clash of defending EuroVolley champion Serbia and reigning world champion Poland might determine the pool winner. Serbia remain undefeated in Europe's prime competition since their bronze medal match in 2017 at Tauron Arena and will try to extend their 12 win streak to earn their third victory in this campaign, after defeating Belgium and Ukraine. Poland, so far, have played only one match, winning with Portugal 3-1. Support from the White-and-Red crowd in an expected full house in Kraków will definitely give an extra boost of motivation to the home team.

Serbia fully prepared to face the full force of Poland - on and off the court
  • Match Polls
  • Officials
    First Referee
    Susana Maria RODRIGUEZ JATIVA
    ESP
    Second Referee
    Vlastimil KOVAR
    CZE
  • Venue Information
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    TAURON Arena Krakow has become a cultural, sports and business showcase of Krakow. It is the largest in Poland and one of the world’s most modern sport and entertainment venues. The venue consists of the Main Arena and the Small Hall. The possibility of any configuration of the audience, convenient facilities for athletes and performers, Europe’s largest LED screen installed on the façade, extensive multimedia and stage systems, as well as very good acoustic conditions of the facility, are the features that will meet the requirements for events of any scale and different nature. Capacity: 14978
  • How To Attend
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    Stanisława Lema 7, KRAKÓW, 31-571 Capacity: 14978

    TAURON Arena Kraków is located 4 km from the Main Market Square in Kraków, at Lema Street, between Al. Pokoju, Mogilska Street and al. Jana Pawła II, in XIV Czyżyny District. There are road signs all over the city showing the directions to TAURON Arena Kraków. The venue is well connected with the rest of the city. There are bus and tram stops in the nearby, taxi rank and the car park with over 1300 spaces. One can get to TAURON Arena Kraków by bike – the cycle routes connect the rest of the city. There are bicycle racks for over 200 bikes in front of the building. Get directions

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SERBIA

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Terazije 35/II BEOGRAD

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Previous Games

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  • All Time
  • 8
    Competitions Played
  • 5
    Titles
  • Competition
  • 9
    Matches Played
  • 6
    Matches Won
  • 67%
    Win %
  • 21
    Sets Won
  • 829
    Points Won
  • 49%
    Attack %
  • 48%
    Reception %

Team

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PETRIC Nemanja
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 7/28/1987
  • Birth Place: Prijepolje
  • Height: 203 cm
  • Weight: 95 kg
1
OKOLIC Aleksandar
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 6/26/1993
  • Height: 205 cm
  • Weight: 93 kg
2
KOVACEVIC Uros
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 5/6/1993
  • Birth Place: Kraljevo
  • Height: 198 cm
  • Weight: 94 kg
6
PEKOVIC Nikola
Libero
  • Birth Date: 3/6/1990
  • Height: 176 cm
  • Weight: 77 kg
7
KRSMANOVIĆ Petar
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 6/1/1990
  • Birth Place: Čačak
  • Height: 205 cm
  • Weight: 101 kg
8
IVOVIC Marko
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 12/22/1990
  • Birth Place: Beograd
  • Height: 194 cm
  • Weight: 89 kg
9
JOVOVIC Nikola
Setter
  • Birth Date: 2/13/1992
  • Birth Place: Novi Sad
  • Height: 199 cm
  • Weight: 82 kg
12
PERIC Pavle
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 8/7/1998
  • Height: 207 cm
  • Weight: 94 kg
14
ATANASIJEVIC Aleksandar
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 9/4/1991
  • Birth Place: Belgrade
  • Height: 202 cm
  • Weight: 99 kg
16
LUBURIC Drazen
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 11/2/1993
  • Birth Place: Novi Sad
  • Height: 202 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
17
MAJSTOROVIC Neven
Libero
  • Birth Date: 3/17/1989
  • Birth Place: Beograd
  • Height: 193 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
18
PODRASCANIN Marko
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 8/29/1987
  • Birth Place: Novi Sad
  • Height: 204 cm
  • Weight: 101 kg
20
LISINAC Srecko
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 5/17/1992
  • Birth Place: Kraljevo
  • Height: 205 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
21
TODOROVIC Vuk
Setter
  • Birth Date: 4/23/1998
  • Height: 191 cm
  • Weight: 83 kg

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Match Report

Poland come out on top in heavy weight clash

Article 4 September 2021

The battle between the current World Champions, team Poland, and the defending European Champion, team Serbia, was undoubtedly the match of the day in pool A of EuroVolley.

 

Close to thirteen thousand Polish fans came to TAURON Arena in Kraków to support their team knowing that they could count on a close game right from the beginning and this is exactly how it was (10-10). In the key moment of the opening set, Poland managed to build a three-points advantage (20-17) and thanks to Bartosz Kurek’s 67% effectiveness in attack gained the a first set victory (25-21).

 

The second set was really tight as well (12-12) and in a venue full of emotion, yellow cards were given to the coach of Poland, Vital Heynen, and Serbian outside spiker, Uroš Kovačević.  A great performace from Srećko Lisinac in the serving field allowed his team to score five points in a row and finally also to triumph by two points.

 

The third set started with dominatio by the Serbian site. They secured a significant advantage (12-6), but then all of a sudden Poland dragged themselves back into it (17-17). The players of Slobodan Kovac’s team returned back to the game after a small downtime won through in the end 25-20.


In the fourth set Serbia was course to close the match (12-10), but Poland refused to give up and in the most important moment played amazingly in block three times one after another and finally made it to tie-break (25:20). With a special mention needing to go to Kamil Semeniuk who came in for captain Kubiak and made a real difference for the home side.

 

The decisive part of the match was a show of top rallies from both teams, who played point-for-point till the end (12-12). The last word belonged to Poland, who finally became the winner (16-14) after a spike by Mateusz Bieniek.

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"It was a hard battle, we were losing 2-1 and in the fourth set the ending was very tight, but we managed to beat Serbia. What was the key? We served really well and our fans, this crowd and their support let us win."

Mateusz Bieniek
middle blocker of Poland

"It was a big pleasure to play again in front of the crowd, because due to the situation with pandemic the sport was losing the sense that we play for the fans and for the emotions. So it was a pleasure to play here. I'm happy that we fought until the end. In matches like this one a few balls make a difference, but this is sport."

Marko Ivovic
outside hitter of Serbia

The match in numbers

152
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

151
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

12707
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

250
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

43%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

8-13
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of SERBIA compared to POLAND.

6-9
Ace Count

SERBIA number of service aces compared to POLAND

71-74
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of SERBIA, next to those from POLAND