The defending champion Serbia was dancing on the edge in the eight-finals being 1-2 down in game against Turkey to eventually emerge victorious in tie-break. Also the Netherlands who reached this stage of competition for the first time since 2009 secured a spot after a five-set battle against Portugal. The Netherlands and Serbia locked horns 14 times at EuroVolley and both teams won seven games, however Serbia won the last five encounters.
· The Netherlands and Serbia (including Serbia and Montenegro and Yugoslavia) have met 14 times at the European Championships. Both nations won seven matches.
· This century, Serbia (including Serbia and Montenegro) have won all their five European Championship matches against the Netherlands (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2013).
· These nations met earlier this year in the 2021 Volleyball Nations League. On 22 June, Serbia won 3-2 (17-15 in final set). Serbia's Drazen Luburic (33) won the most points in that match in which the Netherlands' Nimir Abdel-Aziz did not participate.
· Serbia beat the Netherlands 3-0 at the European Olympic qualifying tournament in January 2020. Both teams failed to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
· The Netherlands reached the quarter-finals of EuroVolley 2021 by beating Portugal 3-2 in the Eight Finals. The Netherlands won four of their five group phase matches in this tournament, with the exception a 3-2 loss against Russia.
· The Netherlands are guaranteed to finish in the top eight at a European Championship for the first time since 2009, when they finished in seventh position.
· The last time the Netherlands reached the semi-finals at the European Championships was in 1997. They won the title that year as tournament hosts, after beating Yugoslavia 3-1 in the final in Eindhoven.
· Nimir Abdel-Aziz has won 159 points in the final round of this tournament, most of all players. Earlier this year, Abdel-Aziz finished as tournament top scorer at the 2021 Volleyball Nations League.
· Defending champions Serbia progressed to the quarter-finals by beating Turkey 3-2 in the Eight Finals. Serbia won four of their five group phase matches in this tournament, with a 3-2 loss against Poland as the only exception.
· Serbia can become the first team to win consecutive European Championships since Italy in 2003 and 2005.
· Serbia finished in the top four in four of the last five European Championships. In this run, they only failed to reach the semi-finals in 2015, when they were eliminated by France in the quarter-finals (3-1).
· At EuroVolley 2019, Serbia won 3-2 against Ukraine in the quarter-finals.
· Serbia won 15 of their last 16 matches at the European Championships, with this year's 3-2 group stage defeat versus Poland as their only defeat in this span.
· Serbia have won at least one set in each of their last 46 EuroVolley matches, since a 3-0 defeat against Russia in the 2007 semi-finals.
· Uros Kovacevic (92) is Serbia's leading points scorer in this year's final round.
"The Eighth Finals was a tough match but the important thing is we won. Holland iare a good team - we must try to stop Nimir because in this moment he is the best Opposite. But we have to play like a team and trust our ability."
"We just want to just go out, play, and enjoy. We have shown a good game so far so we will see. Serbia is really complete and are strong in all areas so it will be tough."
The Netherlands #18
First RefereeSusana Maria RODRIGUEZ JATIVAESPSecond RefereeWojciech MAROSZEKPOL
You can easily reach the venue by using public transportation. The two most convenient means include SKM trains which run regularly from all local directions (leave at Gdańsk Żabianka stop, then take a 10-minute walk down the Subisława and Rybacka streets) and ZTM trams (trams no. 2, 8, 6, 11 – leave at Gospody/Osiedle Wejhera stops, then follow the information boards). In order to get to ERGO ARENA straight from the airport, take the PKM train which has its stop at the airport, then change at Gdańsk Wrzeszcz stop and take the SKM train towards Gdańsk Żabianka. For fans, who are choosing to travel by car, we recommend the so-called Green Route which connects the venue with Grunwaldzka street/Niepodległości avenue – the main Gdańsk-Sopot road. Capacity: 12000
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ERGO ARENA is one of the biggest and most advanced multifunctional venues in Poland. Located right on the border of Gdańsk and Sopot, ERGO ARENA can gather up to 11100 fans during volleyball and basketball games and, depending on the kind of planned event, can bring together from 5100 up to 15000 people. Starting in 2010, ERGO ARENA has been providing Poland with the highest level of entertainment. Get directions
The up-and-comer in Dutch volleyball is 20-year-old outside hitter Bennie Tuinstra. He made his debut in the national team in 2021 after his second season with Amysoft Lycurgus Groningen. In his first season he immediately was a key player in both EuroVolly qualifiers and FIVB Volleyball Nations League. In 2018 he ended in fourth place at EuroVolley U20 in the Netherlands with ‘Young Orange’.
AddressDe Weerelt, Orteliuslaan 1041 UTRECHT
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Petar Krsmanovic during the presentation of the Serbian team
Official presentation of the Netherlands - Luuc Van der Ent
Amazing shadow of light during the national anthems
Srecko Lisinak from Serbia serves ace to close set 1
Marko Ivovic trying to save the ball
MQF-02-THE NETHERLANDS vs SERBIA
Marko Podrascanin celebrating victory
Defending champion Serbia goes to semifinals!
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Serbia prevail and book ticket to Katowice
The first quarter-final at the ERGO ARENA Gdańsk was held between the defending Champions – the team of Serbia – and the Netherlands. Both teams needed five sets in their eighth finals matches in order to reach to this stage. The Dutch finally defeated Portugal, while Serbia won against Turkey in what was possibly the match of the tournament so far.
The match joined an emotional venue straight from the beginning, and started with a video challenge requested by team Netherlands just after the first spike. Until the middle of the set the result was tied (14-14), when suddenly the players of Roberto Piazza’s team managed to secure a three-points advantage (18-15). However, the reigning champions bounced back and closed the gap fast and won the opening part with an ace (25-23) by Srecko Lisinac.
Motivated after their victory in the first set, the Serbians started the second set with a new power, immediately securing a tactical advantage (7-2). Serbia dominated throughout the whole part (20-15), and even though the Netherlands tried to do their best to tie the game, the best scorer of Serbia, Uroš Kovačević, added this part to their name with three successful attacks (25-20).
What would turn out to be the last set of the match started with the team of Serbia again taking the lead and it seemed that they would easily drive it until the end. However, unexpectedly in the very ending Nimir Abdel-Azis and his team mates tied the result and were one step from forcing it to a fourth, but finally it was Serbia, who triumphed 27-25.
Today’s game was the last one for Serbia to be played in Gdańsk, as now the tournament now moves to Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland. On Saturday the Serbians will play against the winner of Italy-Germany match in their semi-final.
"I think concentration was the key. We started this game with a good attitude and with a good mindset, because during the last game against Turkey we had some brainstorms during the match and today we just tried to stay focused from the first to last ball. We promised ourselves in the locker room that this would not be our last game at this tournament. It was a good day for us and I really like the way we played and how we stopped Nimir who is a great player."
setter of Serbia
"I think that we started the first set well. We had some balls that we looked a little bit nervous, including myself, but we also had some good points. But we gave away a little bit of balls. The second set we started terribly, then we came back but it was too late. In the third set we played what we could, they also played well and they were a bit better in the end."
setter of Netherlands
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 THE NETHERLANDS compared to SERBIA.
THE NETHERLANDS number of service aces compared to SERBIA
Errors leading to points of THE NETHERLANDS, next to those from SERBIA