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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Portugal beat Spain 3-2 (19-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-13) - duration 2:02
04-Oct, start time: 17:20, end time: 19:22 - Attendance: 1,500
Portugal fends off Spain for a good start to second round
Both Portugal and Spain started evenly in their opening second round match at the World Championship, but after the first technical time out, Spain adjjusted its service and attack and increased pressure, which resulted in a comfortable first set victory.
Portugal got their defense working well in the second set and both sides delivered crowd thrilling rallies until Spain again turned on the heat and went two sets up.
With much now at stake both coaches made adjustments to their lineups. Francisco Hervas (Spain, coach) asked Luis Pedro Suela (5) to replace their captain Rafael Pascual (1). Meanwhile Juan Diaz (Portugal, Coach) let Manuel Silva (6) on for Roberto Reis (1).
The changes seemed to suit the Portuguese and at the same time unsettle the Spanish lineup who became less accurate. Portugal was quick to capitalise on the situation and closed out the set to get back in the match.
The fourth set was a point by point battle to 18-all and finally went to the Portuguese and forced the tiebreaker. .
Portugal played steady in the final set, utilising good teamwork and excellent blocking, while the Spaniards were at a loss to know what to do.
At the end of the match Portuguese setter, Nuno Pinheiro said that "the key to the turnaround was the team's cohesion and common objective"
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