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Spain beat Poland 3-2 (25-27, 29-31, 26-24, 25-22, 16-14) - duration 2:34
24-May, start time: 12:37, end time: 15:11 - Attendance: 3,300
At the end of a long match Spain was the lucky winner
Spain beat Poland 3-2 (25-27, 29-31, 26-24, 25-22 and 16-14) in the disputed opening game for both teams in week 1 of Pool A. locals showed great mental strength to produce a surprising comeback and defeat Poland in the tie-break after losing the first two sets.

Poland showed high metal strength in the first two sets. Spain's playing at the begging of the first period gave locals enough advantage to think on the 1-0. Nevertheless, with 21-15 in the scoreboard, Poland achieved an impressive comeback, based on the effective blocking. Polish players cut the pointing resources from Spaniards, tied the set at 25 all, and with two powerful blocks took advantage in the game (25-27). The same pattern was repeated in the second set; none of the contestants was able to take the lead, and with the game tied in the last points, one of the few serving errors by Pascual and a weak attacking action by Spanish opposites gave polish the definitive lead (29-31).

The local reaction came in third set. Spain found its way to points, thanks to the accurate distribution by setter Prenafeta and effective attacks by Salvador and Suela; a direct serve by Salvador and an attacking mistake by polish opposite Prygiel gave hopes to locals (26-24 and 1-2). Spanish captain Rafael Pascual took the job of enhacing those hopes. His new position as a receiver didn't disturb him and in the fourth set Pascual gave a lesson of volleyball proficiency by leading his teammates to the tie-break (25-22). Nonetheless, the way to victory was paved with suffering. The continuous exchange of points that marked the game went on alike in the fifth set. Mental strengths gave the difference; and this time it was on Spanish side (16-14).