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Czech Republic beat Greece 3-0 (29-27, 25-22, 25-23) - duration 1:32
25-May, start time: 21:07, end time: 22:39 - Attendance: 3,720
Debutant Czechs hand Greece its first defeat in the 2003 World League
A multitude of unforced errors, as well as poor serving and poor receiving, cost Greece its first defeat in Pool D of the Intercontinental Round of the 2003 World League. The Czech Republic, a last-minute substitute for Argentina is making its first ever World League appearance and scored its first victory --an impressive straight-set affair in just over an hour and a half, at the city of Lamia, in central Greece. The Czechs outplayed Greece in all skills, scoring an impressive 9 points off aces and 11 off blocks, with Premysl Kubala emerging the top scorer for the winners with 12 points. Nikos Roumeliotis of Greece was the top scorer of the match with 16 points.
"In two months we have played fifteen matches without defeat, and they time would have come when we would have to concede defeat", said Greece's head coach, Stelios Prosalikas, in the post-match Press Conference.
The Czechs gained an early lead in the first set and widened the gap to as much as six points, at 16-22 and 17-23. Still, Greece rallied back with six straight points and attempted a spectacular comeback, tying the score at 23-23 and cancelling a Czech set-ball (at 23-24), before taking a 25-24 lead for a set-ball of its own. But the Czechs proved too strong to crack and came away with a 27-29 final score for the first set.
Greece briefly led in the first half of the second set, but the Czechs were far more spirited and caught up at 11-11, to gain their first lead at 12-13 and then roll downhill to a final 22-25.
Despite the noisy support of a 3,700-storng partisan crowd that filled the hall almost to capacity, it was plain sailing from there on for the visiting team, which led throught the third set and finished with a comfortable 23-25.