Stéphane Antiga and Oliver Kieffer were in the stands to watch the game between their teammates and Korea. Both top players will enter the team for the next week-end in Paris and Liévin against Serbia. Tonight Philippe Blain started the match with the same six than in Montpellier. His colleague from Korea, Kim Ho-chul, changed three players: Lim Si-hyoung - Park Chul-woo - Kwon Toung-min.
Both teams were side by side until the first TTO, 8-7 for Korea. Few minutes later, the second TTO was profitable for France leading 16-12. With five points in a row (10-11 to 15-11) French had taken a confortable margin. Romain Vadeleux special service, the “roucoulette”, permitted France to take a four points (19-15) advantage before the money-time… Korean coach decided to take a second time-out to limit the gap. A good decision but not a decisive one. Korean came-back to 23-23… But France, with the support of 3000 spectators, concluded the first set 25-23. Antonin Rouzier, 6 points and Loïc Geiler, 7 points, was the top scorer in this first set.
In the beginning of the second set, France was leading the game but without taking a gap. Korea was close French, 8-7 for the Blus at the first TTO, and 16-14 at the second. Korea equalized at 16-16 and had the advantage in the next points: 17-16, 18-17 and 19-18. Philippe Blain players was decided to fight each points. Korea was leading in the money-time 22-21. French Squad added two points to lead 23-22. But Korea equalized, 23-23. Moon Young-min missed his service to offer a first set point to France but later Korea was in the same position leading, 25-24. Kim Kak-min put a hard attack to offer equalization to his team. 26-24 for Korea.
In the third set, Philippe Blain had to take a first time-out at the beginning when Korea was leading 6-4 after a perfect block from the opponents. France stayed behind Korea at the first TT0 (6-8) but took the advantage 10-9 with Vadeleux and Rouzier efficient on the block. But Korea kept the leadership with the excellent Kim Hak-min. Teams reached the money-time together: 20-20 and 22-22, 23-23 and 24-24. Marien Moreau, French captain and local player in the French League for Toulouse, entered on the field of play. Koreans did a bad reception on Baptiste Geiler service and Vadeleux attacked directly to give on set point to France. Next service was missed and Korea equalized. His brother attacked the next ball, and a block out form Korea gave a second set point. Rouzier missed also a service in this hot money-time. Excellent block and Korea had its first set point but Vadeleux, excellent tonight, offered France to come-back 27-27. An other Korean Block, a new spike by Vadeleux, 28-28. But Romain Vadeleux missed his service and Korea had a new opportunity to take the third set. Rouzier attacked well the ball for a new equality, 30-30. Philippe Blain took a second time-out when Korea lead 31-30. Antonin Rouzier concluded the set with an ace to offer the third to France, 34-32.
Korea took the advantage in the beginning of the fourth set with a two points advantage at the first TT0. Both teams were side by side at 10-10 and 11-11. 13-13, Korea and France are engaged in a psychological fight for three sets. Korea arrived first at the second TTO, 16-15. Blain had to take a time-out: Korea took a three points advantage 18-15. France tried to reduce the gap but Korea held the game. Korea was leading 21-17 after an excellent block: Ha Kyoung-min stopped Vadeleux attack. The gap increased in favour of Korea: 22-17, 23-18 and six set points, 24-18. France saved 2 balls but Korea took the fourth, 25-20, to offer the spectators an exciting tie-break.
France did a first break in the tie-break leading 4-2 and 5-3 after a service error ok Korea. Loïc Geiler added a new point with a powerful service, 6-3. Kim Ho-chul, Korean coach, took a time-out to make some tactical changes. But France kept the advantage 8-4 and Philippe Blain decided, after Korea attack, 8-5, to take also a time-out. After Antonin Rouzier and Nicolas Marechal and Loïc Geiler spikes, France lead 11-7 but Koa survived 11-8 and 12-9. But Moon Sung-min missed a service to give a four points advantage to France. Loïc Geiler served so well that Korea reception was not able to save the ball. France had 5 match balls to conclude this 6th match in the FIVB World League 2009. Romain Vadeleux brought the final point to his team, France won 15-10.