The current European Championship record holder, who finished 6th at the last EuroVolley, has won all of their three encounters with Spain. During the Pool phase of the 2005, 2009 and 2011 (pictured) EuroVolley, all their matches ended with a 3-1 win for Russia.
Third success for Russia, Spain's hope is still alive
Spain's brave effort was not enough to secure a single set against a strong Russian side. Spain played its last game in Pool D: after two sets where Russia took the lead, Spain raised its head in the third set, making promising leads a few time, but the last part of the set went once again to the strong Russian team.
Spain finished the Pool with two victories and three defeats, but the team´s dream to secure their spot in the next round is still alive. Spain will go to the next round only in case Belarus does not secure a win in their last two games - against Germany and Switzerland.
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 RUSSIA compared to SPAIN.
RUSSIA number of service aces compared to SPAIN
Errors leading to points of RUSSIA, next to those from SPAIN
Vadim Pankov, Russia coach: „We wanted to win and we did it. Our performance came down a little bit in the third set, but we resisted the opponent pressure. Now I am looking forward for our last game in group with Slovakia. There will be once again noisy atmosphere.”
We knew Russia is strong team. We tried thr best we can, but it was not enough for a better result. Our young team has learned a lot, it will help them in the future. I am satisfied how we played in Bratislava. We won two games and now we have to wait if it will be enough to play eight final.