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Serbia, Portugal keep their dreams alive

Serbia and Portugal are both aiming for qualification for the final phase of the FIVB Volleyball World League 2011.

Povoa de Varzim, Portugal, June 25, 2011 – The second match between Portugal and Serbia promises to be even more competitive than the first one. Serbia, even though they are more interested in guaranteeing a ticket for the final phase in Gdansk-Sopot, Poland, continue to dream, with some legitimacy, about finishing in first place. So they are keen to get three points out of the clash.

Serbia coach Igor Kolakovic conceded: “It’s very difficult to reach first place as we lost a point in the first match against Portugal.”

Nevertheless, Serbia will continue to target their two main goals: qualification for the final phase and, in the event that they win their three remaining matches, finishing on top of Pool C. But for that to happen, says the Serbian coach, “We will have to play better in tomorrow’s match.” 

Portugal coach Juan Diaz also hasn’t given up hope of reaching their goals, but is conscious of the difficulties: “We have to play three matches with two experienced and very motivated teams. We will try to give our best, and put on a good exhibition of volleyball for all those who have been supporting us here in Povoa de Varzim. So we will continue to fight for the best possible classification in Pool C.”


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