In pool C's second match of the day, we have a game of bordering countries. Team Finland has started EuroVolley journey with two victories, but is now facing the biggest challenge yet, when they play against rock solid Russia. More spice in to the game adds the fact that long time Finnish national team player and former head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo now coaches the Russian national team. The last time Finland was able to beat Russia, was in 2010 World League match. Russia is the absolute favorite, but can Finland arrange a surprise in front of the home crowd?
First RefereeWojciech MAROSZEKPOLSecond RefereeBernard VALENTARSLO
Tampere Ice Stadium, also known as Hakametsä Stadium, was Finland’s first ice stadium originally built for the 1965 Ice Hockey World Championships. The legendary stadium is well suited for various competitions, trade fairs, concerts and other large-scale events. Hakametsä is located ca. 3 km from Tampere city centre and it is easy to reach by public transportation. Capacity: 8000
How To Attend
Keltinkatu 2 , TAMPERE, 33530 Capacity: 8000
Hakametsä Icehall is just less than 4 km from the city centre and it is easily achievable walking or with you own car, taxi or bus. You can walk from city centre to venue in 45 minutes and see beautiful sites of Tampere at the same time. By bus you can found Hakametsä with many diffrent buslines: 3A, 3B, 6, 9A, 17, 25, 29A, 29B, 40A, 80. All these bring you to less than half kilometer from the venue. By car you can found venue (address Keltinkatu 2) next to Hervannan valtaväylä on eastside of the citycentre. Parking places next to the venue are limited during EuroVolley. Get directions
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Eemi Tervaportti pre-game face
Team Russia entering the Hakametsä Arena
Team Finland and national anthem
Russia celebrating after a point
Team Finland celebrating
Igor Kobzar diving after a ball
Urpo Sivula's game face
Star opposite Egor Kliuka
Setter Igor Kobzar
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RUSSIA v FINLAND
The match started with strong side-out game from both teams and progressed neck-to-neck until at 6 - 6 , when Finland took a two point lead. Setter Mikko Esko's ace serve at 7 - 11 forced Tuomas Sammelvuo to take a time-out and regroup with his team. That worked and Russia began their chase forcing Finland on a time-out at 12 - 14. Mikko Esko set fire to team Finland with a couple of successful second touch spikes and Russia called a time-out at 15 - 19. Russia's chase was not enough, and Finland took first set with Russia's serve error.
Russia came to second set with a brand new attitude. Finns catched their breath at 7 - 3 and 12 - 5 on time-outs, but couldn't figure out ways to disarm Russia's firepower. Especially Dmitri Volkov (9 points) controlled the net and airspace. Finland fought valiantly but Russia won the set 25 - 15.Finland refused to quit, and game was tied until at 5 - 5, Russia changed to a higher gear with 8 - 5 lead. Finland recovered with 5 consecutive points and and forced Russia to a time-out at 10 - 11. The rest of set was a battle of wills and neither team wanted to give up. Both teams presented excellent defense game. Finland took time-outs at 23 - 22 and 24 - 22 , but couldn't turn the tables.
Third set to Russia with the smallest margin 25 - 23.
Fourth set and Finland began strong, Russia called time-out at 2 - 6. Russia got their act together and tied the game at 9 -9. Finns took a time-outs at 14 - 12 and 19 - 15, but Russia showed routine and strength, and didn't let the underdog to surprise. Set to Russia 17 - 25 and match 1 - 3. Egor Kliuka tallied 18 points and both Yaroslav Podlesnykh and Dmitri Volkov 16 points. Finland's top scorer was Antti Ronkainen with 15 points, but he didn't get enough support from his teammates.
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 RUSSIA compared to FINLAND.
RUSSIA number of service aces compared to FINLAND
Errors leading to points of RUSSIA, next to those from FINLAND
“It feels great to be playing this tournament here in Finland, in front of this crowd – and I hope that this tournament can somehow re-start the development, growth and promotion of the Volleyball game in my home country. As for my team, we obviously have a lot to work on – but we cannot speak of those who are not here – and only work with those players we have, hoping to stabilise our game.”
Head coach of Russia