Portugal and Ukraine will battle for their second victory in this year's edition of EuroVolley. Both teams recorded, that far, one win and one defeat. Portugal was beaten by Poland and emerged victorious from the five-setter against Belgium, while Ukraine lost to Serbia and won in tie-break over Greece. Also, the leaders and team captains of both teams - Alexandre Ferreira and Oleh Plotnytskyi, respectively - share the same number of scored points - 36. The teams will fight extremely hard for victory in this encounter as it might be crucial to progress to the next round.
First RefereeOzan Cagi SARIKAYATURSecond RefereeSusana Maria RODRIGUEZ JATIVAESP
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
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Alexandre Ferreira was born in 1991 and started playing at 14. His first international experience was in 12/13 in Italy having played also in Turkey, Poland and Korea where he currently plays. He joined the senior team in 2009. He’s the captain of the National Team. His hobbies include reading, being with family and friends, beach, cinema and series and playing videogames.
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Miguel TAVARES RODRIGU warming up
Presentation of the Ukraine players, led by Illia KOVALOV
Ukraine together after the game celebrating their win
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Ukraine withstand Portuguese fightback to claim second win
It would take a very optimistic person to bet against hosts Poland and European Champions Serbia taking the top two spots in Pool A, so the rest know it is very much two from four for the last couple of spots in the Eighth Finals in Gdansk late next week. Before this match, the only win Ukraine had secured was a tie-break one against Greece and it was a similar story here.
Headed by Viietskyi & Plotnytskyi, with 5 points apiece, Ukraine took the opening set dominating their Portuguese opponents in all departments of the game except Block. With the crowd building slowly, they secured the first set with relative ease to 18 points.
The second ended the same as the first, but the story was very different. Portugal actually led 20-16, from here seemed to lose their control on the set. Ukraine picked up their blocking force and that ultimately told as they took a 2-0 lead after winning the second 25-23.
The signs in the first part of the third part was that it could of gone either way, but it was a different story after Coach Hugo Silva introduced middle blocker Jose Andrade. Whilst his stats in the were not that mentionable, it was clear he brought some further energy to the side. That along with Marco Ferreira contribution of 5 points proved to be enough as they a marginable advantage through all the major check points. Final set score 25-21 to Portugal.
The fourth was similar to the third, but this time Andrade started and it was a good job he did. This time adding more points and meaning full contributions to his youthful exuberance Portugal started to believe they could reach the tie-break. Also thanks to Lourenco Martins, who joined the starting six in set 4 and scored 7 points, Portugal pushed the match to its limit winning it 26-24.
The fifth was point by point through the early exchanges and through until 10-10. From here however Ukraine found the points easier to come by, and pushed on by superstar Oleh Plotnytskyi they took the set 15-11, and with it the win and additional ranking.
Ukraine now sit third with a record of 2W-1L, while Portugal stay out of the top four with 1W-2L. Top scorers were Dmytro Viietskyi (UKR) with 20 points and Marco Ferreira (POR) with 15.
"It was a hard match for us. At the beginning we played well, but after the second set we lost our focus and concentration. In the third part we made many own mistakes and then Portugal started to play better and better and this way we went into the tie-break. But a good thing is that our team managed to focus on the fifth set and that we earned this important win."
opposite of Ukraine
"We had a difficult start being down 2-0, but we were able to come back. Then unfortunately we had some moments when we lost concentration and we were also missing some experience, because we have a young team, we made some rookie's mistakes which should have happened in critical moments and decided about our loss."
middle blocker of Portugal
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 PORTUGAL compared to UKRAINE.
PORTUGAL number of service aces compared to UKRAINE
Errors leading to points of PORTUGAL, next to those from UKRAINE