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26/04/2019 22:22
Portugal stun Serbia to secure ticket to #EuroVolleyU17M Finals
2019 CEV U17 Volleyball European Championship - Men

Luxembourg, April 26, 2019. On Friday, Portugal became the first team to book their spot in the Final Round of this year’s #EuroVolleyU17M from the second round of qualifications. They did so after claiming a comprehensive 3-0 victory over hosts Serbia in Pool B. Russia and Slovakia are due to lock horns for the top spot in Pool A on Saturday, with Greece looking as the dominant force in Pool E after two straight wins. The five pool winners as well as the best runner-up across all pools will compete in the Final Round due to take place later this summer in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Pool A in Anapa (RUS)

Slovakia and Hungary opened the programme of the second competition day in Anapa, with Slovakia recording a 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 20-25, 25-17) victory to keep a perfect record in the tournament. After a close start (5-5), Hungary claimed a 17-12 lead in the first set but a timeout and two successful blocks by Patrik Kudra helped Slovakia edge ahead (21-20) and secure a 25-23 win. Slovakia were the dominant force in the second set (12-7) and despite Hungary’s attempts to come back, the Slovaks won the set quite comfortably (25-19). Hungary fought back in the third set (7-5, 12-9) before Slovakia flipped the charts around (16-12). This time, however, Hungary did not surrender and eventually pulled out a 25-20 win. Despite the additional support from their mascot, a little green dragon, Hungary could not keep the same pace in the fourth set and Slovakia eventually finished it all off at 25-17 for a 3-1 victory.

Erik Gabor, head coach of Slovakia: “This match was very important, just like every match in this tournament. We lost the third set because we could not control Hungary’s service but we served very well ourselves in the fourth and eventually won.”

Balint Oliver Kecskemeti, player of Hungary: “I would like to congratulate the team of Slovakia, because today they played better than we did. Tomorrow we will try to do our best to win against the Netherlands.”