Yugoslavia beat France 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-17) - duration 1:09
14-Aug, start time: 20:00, end time: 21:09 - Attendance: 970 Yugoslavia demolishes France in straight sets to score a place in the semifinals.
Might proved more effective than creative play in the final match on Wednesday when France was taken to task by Yugoslavia, who won the day and joined Italy for the right to contest the semifinals.
Yugoslavia wasted no time in surging ahead I the opening set and deadly spikes by Boskan and a perfect impenetrable block gave them an immediate 5-point lead. Luc Marquet delivered two points to the French and high-flying Laurent Capet another, but the spirited French were no match for the might of the Olympic Champions. They won the first set 25-19, well supported by their star performers like Nikoa Grbic and Ivan Miljkovic. But the French had nothing to lose and took a cheeky, but brief 9-8 lead in the second. The two sides then shadowboxed through the points but Yugoslavia was just too good, too often, closing the match 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-17) In the third set, France's Philippe Barca-Cysique was carried off the court with an ankle injury. /mh