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13/02/2020 19:00
CLVolleyM - Lube silence Trentino, Budejovice and Perugia win as well
CEV Champions League Volley 2020 - Men

Luxembourg, February 13, 2020. To close out the second-to-last leg of this year's CEV Champions League, three encounters were on, including the match of the week at 8:30pm: TRENTINO Itas vs Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA. Earlier, two games took place: also in Pool A, Jihostroj CESKE BUDEJOVICE hosted Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta ISTANBUL, still looking for their first win, while favourite-of-the-competition Sir Sicoma Monini PERUGIA travelled to Portugal to face Benfica LISBOA.



In a tight, yet straight victory, Budejovice clinched their second win on Thursday against Fenerbahçe, after already beating them in December in Turkey. Despite his team's loss, Salvador Hidalgo Oliva topped the scoring tables with 19 points, with a 70% ratio in attack. As for the Czechs, if this victory was without a doubt a satisfaction, it will however be almost impossible for them to qualify given the two other squads in the pool, Trentino and Civitanova, leading the standings and eager to top the charts.

And what a game it was! In the first set, Lube had one set point but eventually Trentino won that one on a final spike by Uros Kovacevic. In the second set, the opposite scenario occurred, with Trentino six points ahead and unable to convert two set points before Civitanova concluded; let's note one massive block and one ace by Robertlandy Simon in the money time. A missed opportunity for Lorenzetti's men which did not present itself again as the leaders of Pool A won the following two sets quite easily, despite what could have been an epic comeback in the fourth. With 15 points in five matches, Civitanova joined Zaksa in their quest for perfection; maybe the two future finalists of this year's competition?

Maybe not, since another team reached 15 points on Thursday, namely Perugia. For the final match of this leg, Benfica showed solid resistance to the Italians, even claiming a set, the third one. Another 3-1 win for Wilfredo Leon's team, still undefeated. Once again impressive, the Polish outside hitter top scored with 21 points, including three blocks. The Portuguese could count on a great home support, but with only one victory, qualification is out of question.
 
Match by match



Jihostroj CESKE BUDEJOVICE (CZE) vs Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta ISTANBUL (TUR) 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-21)


"We came here to do our best. It’s a disappointing story for us, we tried to go for everything today, but it was not possible. They played very well today. This is life, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and we will try to get the best from this loss on getting our power back and to win back on Sunday in our national league." 
Salvador HIDALGO OLIVA, Fenerbahçe's spiker

"I think that we started the match with the feeling that we have already performed well in Istanbul and because of that we felt that we could take them even though we did not let it show. Naturally, we knew that Fenerbahce was the favourite of the game and we are thrilled that we won." 
Marek ŠOTOLA, Jihostroj's opposite



TRENTINO Itas (ITA) vs Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA (ITA) 1-3 (26-24, 29-31, 17-25, 22-25)


"We played a game with two faces; very well at the beginning, then we got worse in the second part, especially facing the third and fourth sets with a wrong approach." 
Angelo LORENZETTI, Trentino's head coach

"We never give up and we proved it tonight as well, at the most difficult time of our game. We restarted and won 3-1, taking first place in the pool stage early. We are very happy." 
Osmany JUANTORENA, Lube's outside hitter



Benfica LISBOA (POR) vs Sir Sicoma Monini PERUGIA (ITA) 1-3 (24-26, 21-25, 25-22, 17-25)


"The game was very good. In my opinion, all the spectators enjoyed a high-level volleyball display tonight. Benfica made it a very good game. We were in first place but today we demonstrated that we could play, and we are a top-level team. I'm very happy with the fans and the game we showed." 
Wilfredo LEON, Perugia's outside hitter

“Benfica has a very good team. We only won 3-1 at home where we had many problems and today it was the same. We had to play very hard. It is a team with a lot of good players, I know many of them and it was a nice experience, with a nice audience and I am satisfied.”
Vital HEYNEN, head coach of Perugia

“I am speechless. I think we gave everything we have. The fans deserved all our effort; they came massively to support us. It was a very difficult game, we knew their potential, with one of the best players in the world, that is Leon and he made the difference. But it was a great game and we should be proud of what we did today.”
Flavio Antonio SANTOS SOARES, aka Zelão, player of Benfica

"First, this experience in the Champions League is very positive for us. The teams are very strong. Before I start talking about the game, it's important to say that this is very important to put our team on a new level. That being said, I'm not happy with the result. I think we got a good commitment, we were able to play them toe to toe, we fought for every point, suffered a little in the middle of the fourth set but managed to finish high." 
Marcel MATZ, Benfica's head coach

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