Katowice, Poland, July 8, 2010 – Germany won a thrilling battle against Poland, beating the home side 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-11) in front of 10,000 fans in Katowice in the penultimate game for both teams in the 2010 FIVB World League.
With the win Germany secured second place in Pool D on their return to the competition following an absence of three years.
The home side started the match well taking an early lead before the Germans improved their defense and thanks to efficient counter attacks leveled the score at 14-14. They used the momentum and gained the lead. Despite fighting back Poland made two simple errors in the final stage of the set to gift the visitors the lead.
The second set was a tight battle from the start with neither side running away with the score. However Marcin Mozdzonek's floating serves gave the home team a three point lead while Daniel Plinski's ace saw Poland take the set 25-20.
Poland jumped to a great start in the third but lost their concentration and the visitors took full advantage. Germany led before the Poles moved up a gear and leveled the score at 19-19. Although emotions were high the visiting side stayed calm in the deciding phase and clinched the set 25-22.
Poland struggled to find their rhythm and were far from their best in the beginning of the fourth set. Germany led at both technical time outs, but Poland stayed close before they narrowly overcame the visitors 25-23, Daniel Plinski's two blocks in the dying moments making the difference.
Germany opened the final set well quickly took the lead, but Poland leveled the score immediately. However Georg Grozer was unstoppable at this stage as the visitors led 8-7 and never looked back as they saw out the match.
The two sides will clash again on Friday's evening in Katowice, with the hosts desperate for their first victory over Germany in this year's competition.