Belarus claimed silver in the 2019 European Golden League - their best achievement so far. They have finished 15th at the 2013 CEV European Championship. Their neighbours Russia are a true European Volleyball power, the reigning European Champions and FIVB Volleyball Nations League winners. They have not played each other recently. Russia started the tournament with a victory against Turkey, Belarus recorded a loss against hosts Slovenia.
First RefereeEldar ZULFUGAROVAZESecond RefereeSinisa ISAJLOVICAUT
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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Russian fans cheering
ZABAROUSKI Stanislau (BLR) celebrate
ZABAROUSKI Stanislau (BLR) receiving
Team Belarus on fire
Team Russia during celebration
Team Russia waiting for challenge
Team Belarus celebrating the point
Russia secure their second #EuroVolleyM win despite initial setback
Russia started the match with a pretty different line-up comparing to yesterday’s match against Turkey, keeping only Ivan Iakovliev and Egor Kliuka in the starting six. Belarus delivered a solid performance with a few point lead in the second part of the set. However, the opponents managed to close the gap at 24-23, but that was all Belarus allowed them, claiming the set with Pavel Kuklinski’s spike.
It was Russia directing the second set with Alexander Butko evenly distributing the balls among his attackers. Belarus put up a better fight in the third one. Still, it was Russians who emerged victorious. They kept their rhythm for the fourth set, allowing Belarus to score no more than 10 points, for a 3-1 victory. Dmitry Musersky and Victor Poletaev scored 16 points each for the winners, while Pavel Kuklinski and Artur Udrys added 11 each for Belarus.
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 BELARUS compared to RUSSIA.
BELARUS number of service aces compared to RUSSIA
Errors leading to points of BELARUS, next to those from RUSSIA
"Russian team is very strong but today we managed to steal a set, as they made many mistakes in the first one. Our reception was better today but most importantly today`s game was a very good training for us before the remaining matches in our pool. Tomorrow we have a day off, and then we face Finland when we will have to deliver our best volleyball."
middle-blocker and team captain (BLR)
"Yesterday there was more pressure because it was the opening match and the arena was full of Slovenian fans. Today our reception was better. We played relaxed. They are the European Champions, we just played how we wanted. They had more pressure on tem because they had to win."
"It was a very difficult match for us because of the playing time and the fact that for many of the players this was the first match in the tournament. During the match we tried to find our confidence. We are not happy with the result and our game. In the future we need to find our game and show our best. "