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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Yugoslavia beat Spain 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 25-18) - duration 1:38
29-Sep, start time: 15:10, end time: 16:48 - Attendance: 4,600
Yugoslavians energy put Olympic Champion ahead of Spain
Yugoslavia won one of the key matches of the preliminary round of the Men's World Championship, defeating Spain in the Pool E clash played in Mar del Plata. The Olympic Champion took the first step to get qualified for the next round winning this European battle.
Both Yugoslavia and Spain started the first set with a lot of energy.Despite of the attacks of Guillermo Falasca and Rafael Pascual (six and three points each), the Yugoslavian block scored seven points and this was enough for the Olympic and European Champion to win the frist set.
The Spanish had an excelent start in the second set, but Yugoslavia stayed the entire set in the lead. Ivan Milijkovic and Goran Vujevic were the ones who scored the Yugoslavian points by spiking five points each.
The third set had an exciting start. Spain was leading for the first time in the match, having a 16-14 advantage at the second technical time out. This gap was big enough to claim the second set and coming back in the match. The Spanish players Guillermo Falasca with five points and Enrique De La Fuente with four points were the top scorers of the set.
In the fourth set, the block of Yugoslavia was better again. Spain, with Guillermo Falasca as one of the stars scoring five points at this stage, was not able to force Yugoslavia into a fifth set.