Poland beat Argentina 3-0 (25-13, 27-25, 25-20) - duration 1:21
20-Jul, start time: 15:07, end time: 16:28 - Attendance: 8,100 Poland closer to final berth after second victory over Argentina.
Poland, with a ticket to the finals in Brazil in their sights and their confidence boosted by Friday's win against their South American rival, charged into Saturday's match determined to snatch the double victory. It took them just one hour and 17 minutes to achieve their goal and they now move into contention for the final round. Poland applied pressure from the opening service, consolidating their attack so effectively that the lacklustre Argentineans could scrape only 13 points together in the opening set. This unsettled the Latin Americans, who seemed to lack the motivation and the energy against the Poles, hungry to move into contention for the final round, but the visitors pulled themselves together and managed to scramble back into the match in the second set. They pressed the Poles, particularly in the second half, forcing the Poles to defend a set ball before they finally took the second 27-25. The home side then moved quickly through the final set, closing out with an impressive ace by Mteanurek. Argentina's captain Milinkovic still emerged the best scorer with 25 points but it was not enough to stop the motivated Poland, whose Gruszka and Murek both put in a great match. ''In my opinion we prevailed most of all because of good defence,'' said Polish coach Wspanialy. ''That gave us many chances in counter-attacks and we used most of them. Naturally I'm happy that we made two extremely important victories, but there still a long way for us to go to get to the Finals''. Argentina's coach Getzelevich responded saying that the Poles had deserved their two victories. "Mathematically we still have chances for a place in the Finals but Poland has a much better standing now.'' /mh