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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Poland beat Argentina 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-18) - duration 1:53
19-Jul, start time: 19:07, end time: 21:00 - Attendance: 8,750
Poland snatches victory from Argentina
The Polish team had reason to celebrate their 3-1 victory against Argentina on Friday night. It was the first time since 1985 that they had scored against the South American team and occasion much enjoyed by the almost 9,000 Polish fans in the city of Lodz.
Poland applied pressure in the first set and was leading 20-18 before slipping in the face of several attacks and poor reception on the service of Elgueta. Relinquishment of the opener did not deter the Poles who went on to level at 1-1 after Argentina failed to defend five set balls. Poland went on to serve and block their way successfully through the third and fourth sets, while repelling the counter attacks of the Argentinean side.
"I'm delighted that we finally managed to beat Argentina," said Polish head coach Wspanialy after the match - "My players were not in the best condition after a long trip to Portugal and Latin America and in my opinion they performed a little bit worse than a week ago in Brazil, but despite that we won and that's all what counts".
Argentine Coach Carlos Getzelevich agreed. "We had many problems in receiving. I think Poland prevailed tonight, most of all. because of its ability to finish the counter-attacks".
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