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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Germany beat Russia 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-23, 25-17) - duration 1:47
06-Jul, start time: 16:00, end time: 17:47 - Attendance: 4,880
Germany beat Russia 3:1 (25:18, 17:25, 25:23, 25:17)
Germany scored a 3-1 victory over Russia on Saturday in the second round of the World League Intercontinental Round, signaling that they are becoming a side the be reckoned with this season. The Germans last week tied 1-1 with The Netherlands in the first weekend of this six-weekend competition, thus unsettling another strong team.
The Russian team started shakily and their early mistakes allowed Germany to pick up a 6-0 advantage. Russia then pulled themselves together to level, and even go up 13-12, only to lose the next 7 points and the set.
With things looking black for the Russians, the coaches made some quick substitutions, resulting in a second set victory for the home 25-17. Now level at 1-1, the third set proved the decider. Russia trailed 3-4 points through most of the set, before pulling back to level at 23-23. It was not enough however to stop the confident Germans who charged on to wrap up the match.
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