Stunning win keeps Portugal in the
hunt as Argentina drop out of contention
Switzerland, June 24, 2005 – Over 8,000
fans in Caracas stood and applauded an
outstanding Portuguese performance in
beating Venezuela in Pool A to keep
their Final Round hopes alive in the
latest match of Round Five of the 2005
World League Intercontinental Round.
Other results saw Bulgaria give their
Final Round chances a substantial boost
in Pool B after beating France while
Pool C is now down to a two-horse race
after Poland and Greece beat Serbia and
Montenegro and Argentina respectively.
But it is world number 18 Portugal who
are the stars of the day so far after
they collected their third successive
win over Venezuela but first in the
cauldron of Caracas. Their 3-0 (25-20,
25-20, 25-22) win moves them level with
defending champions Brazil on top of the
group with 15 points (two points for a
win and one for a defeat) with the
Olympic champions having a game in hand.
In Pool B, Bulgaria squeezed past France
3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 29-27) in front of
6,000 passionate local fans in Varna to
leave the door open to the Final Round.
Bulgaria are level with Italy and Cuba
on top of Pool B with 13 points having
played one extra match while France (on
12 points) now needs to win the rest of
their matches and hope results go their
way to reach the final four.
Meanwhile, Poland’s 3-1 (20-25, 25-17,
25-23, 25-20) come-from-behind win over
Serbia & Montenegro and Greece’s 3-0
(25-20, 25-20, 25-22) victory over
Argentina leaves Poland (16 points) with
a two point lead over Greece (14 points)
with three matches remaining. Final
Round automatic qualifiers Serbia and
Montenegro and Argentina have 13 and 11
The winner of each group qualifies for
the Final Round in Belgrade, which
starts on July 8.