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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Greece beat Portugal 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12) - duration 1:55
12-Oct, start time: 16:10, end time: 18:05 - Attendance: 3,500
Greece grabs seventh position
Greece reached the seventh place of the 2002 Men's World Championship after defeating Portugal at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires. The Greek team only got rid of the youngest team of the event after winning the fifth set tiebreaker. Despite the defeat, Portugal can be happy finishing eight.
In the beginning of the match no team could take important lead. In the team of Portugal, Jorge Alves was the main hitter with five points. In the squad of Greece, Nikolaos Roumeliotis was the responsible of the most scoring attacks (four points). After the second technical time-out, Portugal improved its defense (Carlos Teixeira got 75% in reception) and took the first set.
In the second set, Greece improved its service level. Tontor Baev scored two aces. Portugal continued spiking efficiently with five points of Adriano Felipe Paco, but the Portuguese team also made a lot of unforced errors that allowed Greece to arrive at the second technical time out leading 16-13. Portugal couldn't level the score, so Greece, with four points of its main spiker, Nikolaos Roumeliotis won the set.
A solid block (44 %) and great spikes (five points of Jose Joao), permitted Portugal to take a 8-4 lead in the third set. Although Greece reduced the difference spiking very well with 82% and seven points of its wing spiker Nikolaos Roumeliotis, Portugal won the third set .
Greece changed the way of the match and forced a fifth set tiebreaker due to an improvement in the defense (63% in the reception) and spikes of captain Marios Gkiourdas (five points).
In the tiebreaker, Greece played very concentrated and made three block points. Greece took a 10-7 lead. Although the good effectiveness in the Portuguese reception (100%), Greece could win the last set thanks to four points of Marios Gkiourdas.
Greek Nikolaos Roumeliotis was the best scorer of the match with 25 points, followed by Marios Gkiourdas who made 18 points.
Both European teams can be happy with the result, finishing in the 'Elite Eight' of the World Championship.
/ajm