Berlin, Germany, June 30, 2010 - Germany kept alive their slim hopes of qualification for the next stage of the 2010 World League as they beat Final Round hosts Argentina 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-15, 25-17) at home in Berlin in the fifth weekend's opening match on Wednesday.
Germany now moves up to second place in Pool D behind leaders Cuba and just ahead of Poland.
Germany's Robert Kromm topped the scores with 16 points as Rodrigo Quiroga scored 12 for the visitors.
Germany found their rhythm quicker than Argentina as they dominated the first set thanks to good serves and efficient blocks.
Argentinean coach Javier Weber changed his setters with Demian Gonzalez being replaced by Nicolás Uriarte, helping bring Argentina back into the match and level the scores.
Germany rediscovered their rhythm in the third and their physical presence helped eliminate any attacking threat the Argentineans had.
Good serves from Marcus Böhme as well as good offensive play from Robert Kromm and Georg Grozer was the difference in the fourth set as they helped deliver a third victory to Germany in the third match between the teams in this year’s World League.
The two sides will meet for the final time in the Intercontinental Round in Berlin on Thursday at 7.30pm local time.