Germany's Marcus Popp spikes
Beijing, August 14, 2008 - Germany laboured to a first win in a Pool B match of the Olympic Men's Volleyball Tournament at 3-0 (29-27, 25-21, 25-21) against unfancied Egypt at the BIT Gymnasium here on Thursday.
The match saw the two winless teams face each other for the first time in any competition and there was little to choose between them in a tight first set.
Germany, still reeling from their 2-3 narrow loss to Russia on Tuesday, were complacent in the opening points and allowed Saleh Youssef (EGY) and Mohamed Seif Elnasr (EGY) to have the lead.
The Germans could not get their player combinations right, while digs from Marcus Popp (GER) and setter Frank Dehne (GER) were left unfinished as attacks were slow to coordinate.
Numerous substitutions late in the first set changed the flow of the game, as all-rounder Jochen Schops (GER) produced a series of flawless spikes. Germany edged the set 29-27 after the referee penalised libero Wael Alaydy (EGY) for a line violation.
Germany would not have been expected to dictate the rest of the match but suffered from clumsy errors and a failure to use key players at the net.
Schops and Bjorn Andrae (GER) were forced to raise their game and Germany forged ahead to win the second set 25-21 on the back of a powerful ace from Schops.
The Germans completed their first Beijing Olympic Games victory by winning the third set 25-21, but they will be looking to improve their 19 service errors in the match.