First RefereeKenneth AROFINSecond RefereeLászló ADLERHUN
Saku Suurhall is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the Estonian capital Tallinn. Opened in November 2001, it is the largest multi-purpose hall in the country and holds slightly more than 7000 seats. It generally hosts basketball games, as well as other sport competitions, trade fairs, corporate events and concerts. In 2002 Saku Suurhall hosted Eurvision Song Contest. Over the years many international pop and rockstars have performed there. Just to name few - Sting, Ed Sheeran, Bob Dylan, Biffy Clyro, R.E.M., Metallica etc. 2019 Men’s European Golden League Final Four also took place in this hall. Capacity: 5000
How To Attend
Paldiski mnt. 104 B, TALLINN, Capacity: 5000
Visitors coming by car have more comfortable possibilities for parking on the sides and in front of the hall. The parking lots of the adjacent shopping centres remain also nearby. Eurovolley FanZone is located in Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square). From September 1st to 9th free shuttle buses are operating en route Vabaduse väljak - Saku Suurhall - Vabaduse väljak. Exact timetables and further details will be available at FanZone information booth. The public transport bring visitors right to Haabersti bus stop located just in front of Suurhall. The buses no 22 (from Vabaduse väljak), 42 (from Kaubamaja) and 43 (from Balti jaam) drive regularly from the city centre to the hall. Get directions
Tsimafei was born in Belarus. His family came in Croatia when he was 6 years old as his parents were working in volleyball club Mladost and he soon started to play and was everyday in the gym. He has a lot of achievements, but his favorite one is the first place on CEV Cup with Berlin. He does not have a lot of free time but he likes to spend what he has with his family and play PlayStation.
While two leaders France and Germany can feel comfortable at the top of Pool D, the remaining four teams keep fighting for their survival in the competition. Today’s second match in the group between Estonia and Croatia is crucial for both teams, hoping to qualify for the playoffs. Estonia have quite some things to celebrate already before the match – their lead attacker in this tournament Oliver Venno will represent the national team for the 200th time today. Team’s middle blocker Andri Aganits, on the other hand, is celebrating his 28th birthday. With the support of their home crowd, team Estonia is hoping to give the fans a reason to party after the match as well.
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A glimpse of international TV signal from the locker room
Concert in the fan area outside Saku Suurhal to promote the match
The Estonian blue wave
Teppan jumps high to search for the block out
The spectacular save by Zhoukouski terrifies the cameraman
CRO Sedlacek finds a hole in the block
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Croatia important victory vs home team Estonia
With a dramatic 2-3 loss to Croatia, Estonia has virtually eliminated their chances of progressing to the playoffs, while Croatia has now risen from the bottom of the pool and is well in the running for the next stage of the tournament. Ivan Raic top-scored for Croatia with 16 attack points, three blocks and one ace. Estonia's Renee Teppan put up a great performance, tallying a total of 29 points.
Estonia dominated in the first set, demonstrating confidence in all elements. With 74% reception, 62% attack and two blocks the team got a 25-20 win.
The hosting team started ahead in the second set as well, quickly seizing a 10-4 lead. Croatia, however, was not ready to surrender and evened out the score to 11-11. Still, an outstanding performance by Renee Teppan with nine points scored Estonia 25-22 win of the set.
With their backs against the wall, Croatia delivered an inspired performance and some incredible defence moves got them ahead at 18-13, which was enough to take the set 25-18.
Fourth set was a close call. Neither of the teams took a significant lead until the very end. At essential moments, Croatia put in their best efforts to continue the game and succeeded with a 26-24 win of the set. Ivan Raic and Marko Sedlacek contributed with seven and six points respectively.
Estonia hit a rocky start in the decisive set and were unable to find their rhythm until the end. Meanwhile Croatia were unstoppable on attack (73%) and ended the rollercoaster game with a 15-9 win of the set.
“It was a pleasure to play today in this beautiful hall and in front of these people, the fans are amazing here. It is one of the games that you will remember in your life. We were behind 0-2, but we showed character and came back. It was a nice game, and the most important thing is that we won”.
Spiker of Croatia
“This is very-very hard to take, especially here, in front of these fans. But Croatia deserved this win, they were able to change the course of the game in the third set.”
Coach of Estnia
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 CROATIA compared to ESTONIA.
CROATIA number of service aces compared to ESTONIA
Errors leading to points of CROATIA, next to those from ESTONIA