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Poland suffer first defeat as Cuba & Portugal continue great form

June 11, 2005 – An incredible 35 point haul from Dejan Bojovic led Serbia and Montenegro to a sensational 3-2 (30-28, 16-25, 25-23, 22-25, 21-19) win over previously unbeaten Poland on Saturday in the latest action of round three of the 2005 World League Intercontinental Round. In other matches on Saturday both Portugal and Cuba maintained their scorching form with straight set victories over Venezuela (25-18, 25-21, 25-14) and France (26-24, 25-23, 25-20) respectively.

Bojovic, 22, led three Serbia and Montenegro players into double figures as the young and promising “Blue” team claimed their first home victory and only their second of the tournament after a long and tiring match.
Pic: Venezuela try to stop the block from Portugal's Andre Lopes
Serbia and Montenegro, who automatically qualify for the final round as hosts, moved into clear third spot in Pool C with the victory while Poland maintained top spot despite suffering their first defeat.

In Pool A, Portugal maintained first place after beating Venezuela in comfortable fashion in what Venezuela coach Eliseo Ramos said was his side’s worst match. Following last week’s momentous victory against Brazil, Portugal are now going from strength to strength but following Sunday’s next match against Venezuela, the world number 18 must start preparing to play the remaining three rounds away from home.

"We are playing better every week,” Portugal coach Orlando Samuels said. “Our team is more mature with better tactics and technical skills. Our victory was fair and if we win tomorrow, we will have more confidence for the matches away from home."

Finally, Cuba continued their amazing form in Pool B with an incredible win over France to open a slight gap at the head of the table.

It all adds up to an exciting final day of round three on Sunday.
 
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