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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Argentina beat Portugal 3-2 (25-19, 26-24, 21-25, 18-25, 15-12) - duration 2:12
28-Jul, start time: 17:12, end time: 19:24 - Attendance: 8,550
Argentina keeps dreaming with the finals
At the beginig of the first set, Argentina was superior than Portugal thanks to the great attack of Elgueta. By the first technical time out Argentina took 2 points of difference (16-14). By the middle of the set, Hugo Conte suffered an injury in his left knee and was replaced by Gaston Giani. In spite of the attack of the Portuguese Roberto Reis with 4 points, Argentina won the first set thanks to the 100 % of success in reception of Elgueta and 6 points of Milinkovic in attack.
Thanks the great scoring skills of Elgueta and Giani in reception, Argentina began winning the second set. But because Roberto Reis attack, Portugal diminished Argentina `s defense.
Both team played point to point (24-24) but the excellent blocking of Elgueta, added to the excellent game of Hernan Ferraro, plus the non forced errors of Portugal, gave Argentina the victory in the second set.
At the third set, Portugal puzzled Argentina, obtaining 7 points of difference (8-15) thanks 4 points of Felipe Paco in attack, and 3 points of Manuel Dasilva in attack and serve.
The excellent game of Reis with 5 points in attack, and the non forced errors of Argentina, Portugal won the third set.
At the fourth, both teams began playing point to point. After the second technical time out, Portugal took the lead by 4 points (9-13), thanks to the scoring skills of Reis and Silva Manuel with 6 points and Argentina lost the set.
At the fifth set, Argentina began winning,because of Elgueta's serve and the excellent block of Spajic. Because the attack of Spajic and Milinkovic, Argentina took the lead by 2 points (14-12). With the great attack of Argentina`s captain, with 19 points, being the best scorer, Argentina won the match. "We knew it was a difficult match but we gave all our strength to win", expressed Getzelevich, Argentina's coach. At his turn, Portugal's coach, Diaz Marino said: "We congratulate Argentina, they gave everything to win". Argentina, now, dreams with the finals, to be played in Brazil from August 12th to August 18th.