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Overview

After a five-year pause, Croatia meet again with Azerbaijan on the international stage. The last time these two played each other Azerbaijan beat Croatia 3-1 at the 2014 World Championships. Croatia finished second at EuroVolley three times in a row between 1995 and 1999. While Azerbaijan co-hosted the last EuroVolley tournament where they finished in fourth place (their best result since losing the bronze medal game in 2005).

Pool C Preview

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Starting Team

Squad Listing

C 13

FABRIS Samanta

Opposite

1

SAIN Rene

Libero

2

STANOVIC Nika

Outside spiker

4

BUTIGAN Bozana

Middle blocker

5

BOZICEVIC Nikolina

Libero

9

MLINAR Lucija

Outside spiker

10

IKIC Matea

Outside spiker

11

POPOVIĆ-GAMMA Sanja

Opposite

12

DUMANCIC Beta

Middle blocker

14

SAMADAN Martina

Middle blocker

15

BRCIC Bernarda

Setter

17

DEAK Lea

Setter

18

KLARIC Karla

Outside spiker

65868

SANTARELLI Daniele

Head Coach

Player profile

SANTARELLI Daniele

Head Coach

46149

BALTIC Emil

Assistant Coach

Player profile

BALTIC Emil

Assistant Coach

50151

FLISI Diego

Assistant Coach 2

Player profile

FLISI Diego

Assistant Coach 2

Team Statistics

CROATIA

Overview

AZERBAIJAN

Player Statistics

Azerbaijan come together during their tie-break success over Croatia
Match Report

Azerbaijan celebrate five-set victory

Article 23 August 2019

After a five-year pause Croatia and Azerbaijan met again in the official game. After winning the first set easily, Azerbaijan had 19-16 lead in the second before Croatians turned the sides with five services of the middle blocker Martina SAMADAN. The team led by Giovanni CAPRAVA fought back in the fourth set without their biggest star Polina RAHIMOVA who was substituted off at 6-7. In the decisive set Croatia led 10-7 before Azerbaijan took the lead (11-10) and finished the game with third match point earning their first victory in Pool C. At the EuroVolley 2017, Azerbaijan lost only one set before semi-final loss to the Netherlands.

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The match in numbers

162
Points

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

133
Duration

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

600
Spectators

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

332
Match Spikes

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

50%
Reception Level

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

10-16
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of CROATIA compared to AZERBAIJAN.

6-9
Ace Count

CROATIA number of service aces compared to AZERBAIJAN

47-38
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of CROATIA, next to those from AZERBAIJAN

Day 1 Recap

Play

Giovanni CAPRARA, head coach of Azerbaijan:

"It is very difficult to play in the European Championship especially a match with so fast game like this. We only played three official matches before the tournament since the European League, and today we weren't good in the attack. We were lucky that we managed to win this match. I hope we can improve during the tournament and we can play better."

"We've waited one set to enter the game. In the 2nd and 3rd set we played great. In the fifth we had 10-7 lead, but we couldn't secure four-five more points, we gave the opponent a chance to win."

Daniele SANTARELLI
head coach of Croatia