Pool A finishes with another highlight in the group, between two of the best teams in Europe. This match will determine the final two positions in Pool A with the winner finishing 1st, and the loser second. The two teams last met in the 2019 Volleyball Nations League where France beat Italy 3-1. Toniutti will be playing with the French National jersey for the 300th time.
"It is a game to decide who will be top of the group, however we know that we can play Italy again in the Quarter-Final if we both make it, so it will be interesting. It is nice to play a special game like this at home, but 300 [appearances] is only a number and I am just happy to be in the French national team."
Captain - France
First RefereeWim CAMBRÉBELSecond RefereeStephan GRIEDERSUI
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"We just want to play the game and then it is important to just play day by day. I am happy that we leave Montpellier with a full gym playing against the home side."
Middle Blocker - Italy
LE ROUX Kevin
BRIZARD Antoine Arthur Fabien
LE GOFF Nicolas
Assistant Coach 2
Assistant Coach 2
Team France celebrates
Simone GIANNELLI (ITA) sets
Barthelemy CHINENYEZE (FRA) spikes
Earvin NGAPETH (FRA) spikes on Italian block
France overpowers Italy in four sets
France keep their perfect record (5-0) as they beat Italy in four sets in remarkably enthusiastic atmosphere at Sud de France Arena. Losing their first set of the tournament, Tillie’s men brought everlasting energy against Juantorena, once more excellent, and his teammates.
France place first and will face Finland in the first round of the knockout phase, whereas Italy will play against Turkey. The crowd was amazing tonight with a record high of 7114 spectators.
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 FRANCE compared to ITALY.
FRANCE number of service aces compared to ITALY
Errors leading to points of FRANCE, next to those from ITALY
"It was the best night tonight, everybody enjoyed it, players and fans. Even if the result did not count, we're happy for this win in such a crowd."
"France played very high level tonight, so we need to watch this match and grow up for the next ones."
"The biggest pity is that the result of this game is useless because of the formula. But I think it was a good show for the crowd and that was the best victory."