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Overview

Before they clash with each other, Belgium are on a three-game winning streak and safe for advancing to the next round, while Slovakia have two victories and one defeat to their name, but have yet to prove they belong in the last 16 and could do it with a win in this match. The home side, however, will do their best to please their fans once again and not lose the momentum. The two teams traded victories when they met twice in this year's European Golden League pool stage. It is a big day for 32-year-old setter Juraj Zatko, who is about to play his 242nd cap, new all-time high for the Slovak national team.

Zatko (SVK) and teammates arrive at the venue

“242 is a big number and only tells me how old I am. I prefer not to think about this before or during the match. It is far more important that we play well and achieve a positive result as a team.”

Juraj Zatko
Setter of Slovakia

“We could really use the rest day we had. We trained very well yesterday and today and now we hope Slovakia can't surprise us.”

Arno Van de Velde
Middle blocker of Belgium
  • Match Polls
  • Officials
    First Referee
    Dobromir DOBREV
    BUL
    Second Referee
    Erdal AKINCI
    TUR
  • Venue Information
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    Lotto Arena is an arena in Antwerp, Belgium. It has a seating capacity for 8,050 people for concerts and 5,218 for sporting events. The arena opened on March 10, 2007, after nine months of construction. It is located in the district of Merksem, adjacent to the Sportpaleis.
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    Schijnpoortweg 119, MERKSEM ANTWERP, 2170


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Team

Squad Listing

Team

C 2

KRISKO Tomas

Outside spiker

1

MICHALOVIC Peter

Outside spiker

3

MAČUHA Filip

Middle blocker

6

PALGUT Filip

Setter

8

ONDROVIC Peter

Middle blocker

10

LUX Marcel

Outside spiker

11

VITKO Marian

Libero

12

PATAK Matej

Outside spiker

13

IHNAT Jakub

Libero

14

KRAJCOVIC Simon

Middle blocker

15

ZATKO Juraj

Setter

16

KOVAC Jakub

Middle blocker

19

GAVENDA Filip

Opposite

22

FIRKAL Julius

Outside spiker

Coaches

4652

KRAVARIK Andrej

Head Coach

Player profile

KRAVARIK Andrej

Head Coach

1983

PIPA Martin

Assistant Coach

Player profile

PIPA Martin

Assistant Coach

64178

KASSA Roman

Assistant Coach

Player profile

KASSA Roman

Assistant Coach

Recent Results

Team Statistics

SLOVAKIA

Overview

BELGIUM

Player Statistics

Match Report

Red Dragons deliver again – 3-0 over Slovakia!

Article

Belgium mastered a straight-set victory over Slovakia to up their win-loss record to 4-0 and secure a top-two finish in Pool B. The Slovaks now stand at 2-2, with two of the pool’s eighthfinal quota still up for grabs between them, Germany and Spain.


In the first set, the lead changed hands several times before the home team scored three in a row to flip it from 23-22 to Slovakia to 25-23 in favour of Belgium. With Simon Van De Voorde delivering four blocks along the way, the Red Dragons maintained control throughout the second set and doubled their lead after 25-20. Their domination in set three was even more emphatic, as Tomas Rousseaux scored seven times to lead the way to a 25-15 close and top the match scorers with a total of 17 points to his name. Captain Tomas Krisko tallied 10 points for Slovakia.


Setter Juraj Zatko, who is appearing at his sixth European Championship, played his 242nd cap with the Slovak national team to top the previous all-time record of 241, which belonged to former captain Emanuel Kohút.


Belgium play their last pool match on Wednesday, against Serbia – a de facto final for the first place in the standings. Earlier the same day Slovakia play Germany in another attempt to set foot on the eighthfinals.

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The match in numbers

100
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

77
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

2500
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

161
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

63%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

7-10
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of SLOVAKIA compared to BELGIUM.

2-6
Ace Count

SLOVAKIA number of service aces compared to BELGIUM

23-19
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of SLOVAKIA, next to those from BELGIUM

“There was too big of a difference between the first and the third sets. In the first set we managed to surprise Belgium with a few things, but afterwards they adapted their game. As a setter, it was difficult for me to avoid their block. Moreover, they served very well, too well for our reception.”

Juraj Zatko
Setter of Slovakia

“Today’s goal was to finish this game in a clear and clean way, but that was not always the case. Tomorrow against Serbia, our last game in the pool stage, fatigue will not be an issue. We’ll have a fresh attitude. Tomorrow it’s important for us to see how much progression we’ve made, against a really strong team.”

Brecht Van Kerckhove
Coach of Belgium

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