Finland has been a regular participant of the European Championships in the last years. Their best result is the 4th place in 2007. North Macedonia will play at their first ever EuroVolley. Their best result so far is a second place at the European Golden League in years 2015, 2016 and 2017. The two teams have not played each other recently.
First RefereeMilan RAJKOVICCROSecond RefereeEldar ZULFUGAROVAZE
The Stožice Arena, which opened the 10th of August 2010, is the biggest multipurpose arena in Slovenia with the full capacity of 12,480 visitors. It is a home to basketball team KK Olimpija Ljubljana, volleyball team ACH Volley Ljubljana and handball team RK Krim Ljubljana, and several national teams, among them the volleyball national teams. It has been also holding many music concerts and manifestations.
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Team North Macedonia celebrates the point
Risto Nikolov (MKD)
North Macedonian fans
Darko Angelovski (MKD) receive the ball
Lauri Kerminen rescued the ball
Team Finland Head Coach- Joel Banks
Team North Macedonia celebrating point
Nikola Matijasevic (MKD) request chelenge
Finland overcome North Macedonia in front of their own crowd in Arena Stozice
In the second match of the day at the 2019 CEV Volleyball European Championship played in Slovenian capital Ljubljana spectators followed the match between Finland and North Macedonia. After four sets Finland emerged victorious in front of approximately 1000 loud fans dressed mostly in white and blue for the first three points in the pool C standings.
Finland recorded their first 3-1 (25-23, 25-2, 23-25, 25-21) win of the tournament after a dramatic match against North Macedonia, who proved to be a tough nut to crack. In their EuroVolley debut match of the EurVolley, the Balkan country came close to glory in all sets, but in the end Finnish experience prevailed in first, second and fourth set, while the North Macedonians got their historic moment in part three of the game. Urpo Sivula was the top scorer for Finland with a total of 17 points and Nikola Gjorgiev and Risto Nikolov scored 14 times each for North Macedonia.
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 FINLAND compared to NORTH MACEDONIA.
FINLAND number of service aces compared to NORTH MACEDONIA
Errors leading to points of FINLAND, next to those from NORTH MACEDONIA
"It’s not individuals, it’s the team that is important. We have to improve our block and defence. We have to forget about this match now. We did a lot of elementary and unnecessary mistakes. Next game we have to play better. We have to be confident, raise our heads and move forward."
"Finish team had better tactics than we have. They were better in some elements of the game. They studied us well and that’s why they had the edge today. "
"Our fighting spirit was the key. Some guys from the bench helped our team and really made the difference. I am happy with the team performance and over the moon with our first win, I am very pleased with the players, they showed character, heart and team spirit. I'm hoping that the guys will continue to believe in themselves, have the confidence and believe in our fans, We won a game, now we play 3 in the row, We are underdogs against Slovenia but that will be a challenge for us."
head coach (FIN)
"We started our game with a little bit of panicking because we thought that we really need to win the game against North Macedonia. At the beginnig it was really hard for us but then we started getting into our own rythm which made everything a lot easier. We made some unnessecary mistakes but it was our first game in the tournament, so we will improve for sure. After all we have an amazing support from our fans. Slovenia strong but we will fight, stick to our plan and hope for the win."