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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Poland beat Portugal 3-1 (35-33, 25-15, 20-25, 25-23) - duration 1:57
03-Aug, start time: 15:08, end time: 17:05 - Attendance: 8,700
Poland unbeaten at home in the Intercontinental Round
With a ticket already booked to Brazil for the World League finals, Polish head coach Wspanialy decided to rest some players and bring on instead others from the substitutes bench for the opening of the match. The subs rewarded their coach with a fine performance that set the stage for a victory. The two sides shadowboxed their way through the opening phase, trading the lead back and forth. The Poles defended four setballs before using their seventh to complete the first set.
they then went on to comfortably win the second set, only to let Portugal back in aftr a lapse of concentration in the third. the Poles then seized an early initiative in the fourth set and wrapped up the match to give Poland their sixth victory in a row and be the only team in the Intercontinental Rounds who were unbeaten at home.
"I'm satisfied with the fact that we stayed unbeaten at home" - commented Polish head coach Waldemar Wspanialy - "Today I gave a chance to my normally substitute players. They did not let me down and proved their skills".
Portugal's head coach Juan Diaz Marino: "Both teams had not much to gain in this match. I wanted my basic players to perform from the beginning to test them before the World Championships, which is, for us, the most important event this year. I congratulate the Poles and wish them all the best for the Finals in Brazil"
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