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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

France beat Argentina 3-1 (14-25, 29-27, 25-23, 25-18) - duration 1:59
09-Oct, start time: 21:10, end time: 23:09 - Attendance: 10,250
France knocks home crowd favorite Argentina out of the World Championship
France defeated Argentina in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Men's World Championship and proceeds to the semifinals. The French team was able to stay calm against the home crowd favorites and took the 3-1 victory in front of more than 10,000 fans. On Friday, France will face Russia in the semifinal, while Argentina will play against Greece in the classification match for the fifth till eight place.
Argentina started the first set more concentrate than France and was very effective in attack. Argentina immediately took the lead and the gap at the first technical time out was already seven points. The 91% in reception of the team coached by Carlos Getzelevich helped the setter Javier Weber to distribute the sets excellent and the host team got the first set thanks to four attacks and one block of star Marcos Milinkovic.
The beginning of the second set was equal, but France improved in reception and that made the difference. The match stayed even until 27-27 when due to effective attacks of French Luc Marquet (six points in this set) the Europeans leveled the match.
The third set also started equal. France obtained one point advantage at the first technical time out thanks to the outstanding performance of the French libero Hubert Henno in reception (100%) and the efficiency of Stephane Antiga and Dominique Daquin. Their scores (seven points each) brought the French team the third set.
In the fourth set, France knew how to maintain the good reception (83%) and Argentina's block was not effective (14%). After the second technical time out, the French Dominique Daquin had to be replaced by Vincent Montneat due to an injury. The excellent performance of the French team (with five points of Laurent Capet and Luc Marquet) helped the Europeans to win the match and kick the home team Argentina out of the medal matches.
"We were a little nervous at the beginning," the French head coach Philippe Blain said. "But we kept calm and improved in reception. Bringing Loic De Kergret in as setter worked out very well."
/ajm