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Race still on in all three pools

June 25, 2005 The 2005 World League continues to keep fans on the edge of their seats heading into the final day of Week 5 of the Intercontinental Round on Sunday with all three Pools still undecided in the race for the Final Round in Belgrade.

Automatic qualifiers Serbia & Montenegro silenced over 11,000 local fans when they pipped Poland on Saturday in a marathon five-set cliff hanger 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-10) in Katowice, which opens the door for third placed Greece to close the gap on the Pool C leaders, when they play Argentina on Sunday.
Pic: Italy fought back to beat Cuba after losing on Friday
Poland lead the group with a 7-3 record, followed by Serbia & Montenegro (5-5) and Greece (5-4). Argentina are out of contention having won two matches and lost seven to date.

The contest is even closer in Pool B where Cuba and Italy are neck and neck after the 2004 silver medallists fought back with an impressive 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 29-27, 25-19) win in Havana in front of 16,000 fans.

Italy erased a poor performance on Friday to take revenge with an excellent performance. The eight-time World League champions now sit level with Cuba with six wins and four losses, although Cuba is ahead with a better set average. Bulgaria (4-5) and France (3-6) have a chance to close in on the leaders when they play on Sunday.

In Pool A, Portugal will need to beat Venezuela for their second time running to keep their Final Round hopes alive after Brazil beat Japan 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-18) to maintain their lead at the top of the group. All four sides play again on Saturday with Brazil in first place with a 8-1 record followed by Portugal (6-3) while Venezuela (4-5) and Japan (0-9) are out of contention.
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