Defending EuroVolley champions in their last game of pool phase face the only winless team in Pool A - Greece. Serbia, currently ranked 2nd in the standings, recorded three wins so far and suffered one defeat in the clash against the hosts, losing after a thrilling five-setter. On Monday, playing against Portugal (3-1), coach Slobodan Kovac gave an opportunity to play to almost all his players, rotating with the squad. We can expect that he might repeat this move. On the other side, Greece is still seeking their chance to earn a win, especially that so far only Poland and Serbia secured their spots in the eight finals and all four teams are still in the quest for two remaining tickets to the next phase.
First RefereeBogdan Laurentiu STOICAROUSecond RefereeVlastimil KOVARCZE
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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When you are talented and ready to work, then it is never too late to start playing the sport you love. It was said about Srecko that he decided to play volleyball late, but it turned out that he went out on the field just in time. Many were surprised when the middle blocker received an invitation to the junior national team in 2011. He soon became an irreplaceable part of the Serbian team.
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Serbian team have some fun in the locker-room. Aleksandar Okolic in front
Rafail Koumentakis (10) and all of the Greek pleyers runs to the court for start the match
Alexandros Raptis (15) focusing before the serve
Greece Menelaos Kokkinakis (9) digs the difficult ball and saves the point
Uros Kovacevic (2) is getting ready to serve during the 3rd set
Athanasiosjust PROTOPSALTIS (77) serves
Stavros KASAMPALIS (11) tries to save the difficult ball after Serbian attack
MOUCHLIAS Dimitrios (19) concerned about the result
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Serbia find form when it matters in tie-break
In their last match in pool A, Serbian players faced a so far winless Greece. A win would take Serbia to the top of the group, but with Poland still to play their last game it was not all in their control. At the other end of the standing was Greece who needed to win both of their last matches to stand any chance of being included in the four who will progress to the Eighth Finals in Gdansk.
The first set started with Slobodan Kovac’s players dominating across the net, and they immediately built a five point advantage (6-1). The Hellas seemed not to have any solution for the well-prepared Serbians (18-12), but quite unexpectedly in the end of the set the difference decreased to just two points (22-20). Eventually Serbia took the opening part with an attack from Petar Krsmanović (25-23). The increased competitiveness of Greece was a sign of things to come.
The second part was tight straight from the beginning. Greece even managed to lead the match for the first time (6-5) and then increased it to four points (12-8). Throughout this part Serbia was trying to chase the opponent (21-17), but without success and finally lost this set to 22 points.
After this set loss, the current champions were strongly motivated to fight back and successfully took revenge on the national team of Greece, among the others due to fantastic serves of the middle blocker Aleksandar Okolić (25-16).
The fourth part of this game was again a show of good rallies by both teams (16-16), Greece’s best scorer, Athanasios Protopsaltis, did his best to force the game into the tie-break and after a few failed attempts it happened – first forcing the ball through the Serbian block at the net, before producing an un-returned serve to make it 30-28.
The Serbians opened the fifth set of the match by securing a significant advantage (9-4), which in consequence drove them on to victory not only in this set, but in the whole game as well (15-5).
""We know that if you want to win the match at EuroVolley you have to suffer. Even Poland lost one set in the match against Greece. Greece is a good team, they didn't make too many mistakes. Maybe we were a bit too relaxed and for our opponents the next match is in or out, but now we have to think about the next four days how we can improve our game."
opposite of Serbia
"It was a very hard battle against European champions, so for us it was the best opportunity to see if we are able to reach this level. It was very important for us that we won two sets and we got one point. This point brings us hope ahead of tomorrow's match against Portugal."
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 SERBIA compared to GREECE.
SERBIA number of service aces compared to GREECE
Errors leading to points of SERBIA, next to those from GREECE