Crunch time in France
17, 2005 – Two big European heavyweights
Italy square off in Grenoble on Friday
night looking to hand the other side the
knock out punch in the race for the
Both teams are level in Pool B with
three wins and three defeats behind
leaders Cuba having split their matches
in every round of the Intercontinental
Round to date, so, either side who does
the double this weekend, could seriously
hamper their opponent’s chances of
reaching the Final Round.
Pic: Italy and France split their
matches in round two, both winning 3-0
Italy, last year’s runner’s up, were one
of the favourites in the group prior to
the start of the tournament, but
building new combinations with new
players has taken longer than expected
for coach Gianpaolo Montali. France is
also boasting a new look line up but
both sides will be hoping for better
than their 1-1 result in round two.
With only three weeks remaining in the
Intercontinental Round, Cuba, who take
on bottom side Bulgaria this weekend,
have a 4-2 record, while Bulgaria, last
year’s surprise Final Round competitors,
are 2 and 4.
The top side in the group will qualify
for the Final Round.