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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Argentina beat Portugal 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22) - duration 1:55
01-Oct, start time: 21:10, end time: 23:05 - Attendance: 9,000
With an impressive performance by Marcos Milinkovic, who scored 19 points throughout the match, Argentina moves to Buenos Aires for the second round.

It was an unexpected beginning to the match for the local team, as Portugal quickly jumped to a 4-0 lead. This prompted the South American head coach to call their first technical time out, but Carlos Getzelevich's words were not enough to remedy the team's problems in defense. And Portugal was leading 16-12 at the second technical time out. Feeling the pressure of the impressive and highly vocal partisan crowd, the European side lost a series of services, but the team's outstanding collective play and effective attack - mainly through zone 2 by Joao Jose and Jorge Alves, both with 67% efficiency - still allowed Portugal to take the set.

The second was very even throughout the first half with Portugal leading 16-14. A four-touch call by referee Pierre Farmer upset the Argentine players and crowd, but only served to drive the host team to further heights. The side dramatically improved its offensive play, with captain Marcos Milinkovic leading the way, scoring eight points. And despite the effective Portuguese service, Argentina reached set point and closed out the session.

Argentina finally demonstrated its full potential in the third set, with Milinkovic strong on the attack and Alejandro Spajic firing fast balls through the center. Portugal couldn't stop the white and blue jerseys, and Argentina was seven points ahead when the second technical time out was called. As in the previous matches, Argentina struggled to close out the set but finally concluded on a long service by Roberto Reis.

At the fourth set, Portugal was well organized, reaching a good balance in blocking and reception, especially through Reis, with 75% efficiency. However, the outstanding attack of Argentina from the sides and center area by Milinkovic and Spajic allowed the host team to clinch the victory and secure first place in Group A. Portugal, with two wins and a loss are seco