At the previous European Championship, both Slovakia and Spain didn’t win a match. Who will end their losing streak with a win? Slovakia are the country the Spaniards have won the most EuroVolley matches against (W3-L0).
First RefereeZsolt MEZÖFFYHUNSecond RefereeMaciej TWARDOWSKIPOL
Palais 12 is an indoor arena in Brussels used for concerts and spectacles. With a capacity of roughly 15,000 it is one of the largest indoor venues in Belgium. Located in the Heysel Exhibition Park, it was originally built in 1989 but was redesigned and reopened in its current form in 2013.
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Michalovic (SVK) spikes over the Spanish double block
Andres Villena ready to serve
Slovakia's coach Kravarik watches with tension
Slovakia celebrate the victory
Epic five-setter brings sweet victory to Slovakia
A thrilling five-set battle made the fans of both sides bite their nails all through an extended tiebreak before those who cheered for Slovakia could celebrate with a sweet victory over Spain. The two teams are considered by many as head-to-head rivals in the race for the eighthfinal spots.
Slovakia came back from a five-set deficit to narrowly win the first set. After several lead switches in the second, it was once again Slovakia that came out on top with a 25-23 hand. Coach Fernando Muñoz Benitez made a couple of changes to his starting line-up for the following sets to help change the course of the match. Five points in a row gave Spain the control of the third set. Riding on the momentum, they crushed their opponents in the fourth to level the score and prompt a deciding set. Slovakia’s Peter Ondrovic scored one ace and one blocking point in the tiebreak and that was what made the difference in the otherwise completely even stat sheet between the two sides.
Opposites Andres Jesus Villena and Peter Michalovic engaged in a spectacular scoring race throughout the match, with the Spaniard emerging way ahead with a fantastic 34 points to his name against “only” 26 for the Slovak.
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 SLOVAKIA compared to SPAIN.
SLOVAKIA number of service aces compared to SPAIN
Errors leading to points of SLOVAKIA, next to those from SPAIN
“In sets one and two we were always in the lead, so we could have won this game in three. It’s no use that I scored 34 points - you win as a team. And in this case, it was the other team.”
Opposite of Spain, best scorer of the match
“If my heart were not so strong, it would be broken. Even in the first two sets, which we won, it was such a big fight. And a tie-breaker is always a lottery. But we are very pleased with this start of the tournament.”
Coach of Slovakia