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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship


 
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Poland edge Germany in thriller

Michal Winiarski spiking through Germany's block for the second Polish victory in Trieste on Sunday
Trieste, Italy, September 26, 2010 – Poland needed five sets to beat Germany 3-2  (25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13) on Sunday evening to book their place in the second round of the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship in front of a record-breaking audience at the Palatrieste in Trieste, Italy.

Profiting from Serbia's devastating loss to Canada earlier in the day, Poland are now guaranteed a spot in the next round. As for Germany, Raul Lozano's men are not yet out of contention but their destiny seems to be in danger as they will first have to outclass Canada with the best possible score and then wait for the result of the match between Serbia and Poland.

The match was also an Argentinean derby as Germany coach Raul Lozano had coached Poland up to the Olympics in Beijing and, after he stepped down from the position, it was taken over by compatriot Daniel Castellani. Psychologically the match was going to turn into a very demanding task for Björn Andrae and his side, whose determination was not to be questioned but who were still struggling to find the right consistency. Poland – with Mariusz Wlazly back in the starting six – played in front of about 4,000 excited fans who contributed a very special and unique atmosphere at the venue, transformed into a twin city of Warsaw. Tension was to be clearly felt, especially as Germany opted for continuous substitutions whereas on the other side Poland remained consistent, picking up the second set win.

Germany stepped up with their block in the second set to stay close and also cut down the number of unforced errors in comparison with the opening set. On the other side of the net, Poland found it difficult to maintain their momentum and after a crosscourt from captain Björn Andrae the set count moved to 1-1, bringing the scores even.

Germany got rid of all inhibitions and started the third set on a high note in front of 6,000 spectators, once again a figure that broke all previous records of attendance at the Palatrieste. Castellani switched Piotr Gruszka for Wlazly, whose inconsistency had caused issues for the side, and all the ingredients were in place for a close battle. In the end Poland moved up a gear but also profited from the shaky German reception as they again took the lead at 2-1.

Poland had an additional advantage thanks to their wide range of combinations in attack and a very complete play, and thus set the pace at the first technical timeout in the fourth set. However, Poland's dominance did not last as they suffered from a number of errors, meaning Germany sailed away with the set, taking the match to a tie-break.

Set five saw Germany’s block work almost perfectly. However Poland brought on veteran Piotr Gruszka, who fired up the red and white offense and scored the decisive point as his side took the set, and with that, the match.
  

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