Portugal and Romania meet each other for the first time at EuroVolley. While Romania are making their 17th appearance at the tournament, Portugal has only played at only four. Both teams have realistic chance to make the 1/8 Finals and will be looking to their captains to lead them through.
- If Portugal win (3-0, 3-1, or 3-2) they finish 4th and qualify for 1/8 Finals
- If Portugal lose 2-3 they finish 4th and qualify by having 4 ranking points
- If Romania win 3-0 they finish 4th and qualify on sets ratio
- If Romania win 3-1 all teams will have the same sets ratio (W5-L13) and it comes down to points ratio and either team, plus Greece, could qualify.
"We think only about winning the match - this is the most important thing. This is the first time for these guys in the European Championship, so it is important to play with heart but also to play with head."
First RefereeDavid FERNANDEZ FUENTESESPSecond RefereeNikolai KNIZHNIKOVRUS
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Rares Ionut BALEAN
"This is our last match in this group and definitely the most important game. It will be an intense game as both need a victory to qualify. I am confident in ourselves and I hope we will make a good game"
FERREIRA Marco Evan
DA SILVA VIOLAS Tiago
TAVARES RODRIGUES Miguel
ALVAR Januario Ramos Figueiredo Silva
JOSE Joao Miguel
JOSE Joao Miguel
Assistant Coach 2
Assistant Coach 2
Team Portugal during National anthem
Laurentiu LICA (ROU) celebrates
Alexandre FERREIRA (POR) spikes Romanian block
Liviu CRISTUDOR (ROU) receives the ball
Cristian BARTHA (ROU) celebrates
Marco Evan FERREIRA (POR) spikes
Romania beat Portugal, but Greece clinch fourth qualifying spot
What a unique way to end the pool for Portugal, Romania, and Greece! Romania won 3-1 to Portugal, making all three teams with exactly the same number of sets for and against during the pool phase (5-13). And the difference is made in favor of Greece!
Indeed, they scored the exact same number of points as Portugal (386) across their five pool matches, but they lost only 432 compared to Portugal’s 433. Their set ratios differ by only 0.003 at the end of the pool phase; Romania’s is .05 behind.
Greece will then face the leader of Pool C, ie Russia or Slovenia, in Ljubljana. Portugal and Romania delivered a great last battle but are forced to go back home.
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 PORTUGAL compared to ROMANIA.
PORTUGAL number of service aces compared to ROMANIA
Errors leading to points of PORTUGAL, next to those from ROMANIA
"I don't know what to tell you. Our hopes were up since our yesterday, we wanted to make an image for ourselves, but it's really hard to speak now. It was our dream, our main objective from the beginning. We're very sad."
"I'm happy that we won, but obviously unhappy that we couldn't qualify. It's our first win in 25 years at EuroVolley. I really think we missed the qualification against Greece, we did not give our full energy at the end of sets. I also think Portugal was tired today but they played a great game."
"You can imagine how happy we are right now. We watched the game altogether, it was incredible."