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"We are always going for the records" jokes Germany coach Vital Heynen at the end of 3-2 win over Serbia

Germany coach Vital Heynen erupts in joy after his guys claim their first win in the Olympic tournament at Earls Court

London, Great Britain, August 2, 2012 – Germany claimed the opening match on Thursday at the end of a terrific fight that ended up in a thrilling tie-break where the guys mentored by Vital Heynen eventually had the upper hand with the score of 20-18. “We are always going for the records; the longer the game, the better we are. We still have a chance of getting into the 1/4 finals if we play the way we did today. I do not want to single out any player, but György (Grozer) scored 39 points, I think this figure speaks for itself”. 
“It was an amazing match with ups and downs” said Germany’s spiker Denis Kaliberda. “After the first set, I thought it would be difficult - and indeed it was. We needed seven sets to start this tournament; maybe we had a change in our heads. We played more aggressively”.

Serbia had enjoyed a great start going up 2-0 but eventually ended up losing the game. “We were playing a great match. After the second set, we thought the match was over. In the third set, we didn’t react to their attacks in the way we should have. In the fifth set, it was really difficult. They were two points ahead of us and we managed to come back, but I don’t know what happened next” singled out Serbian middle blocker Dragan Stankovic. Their next stops are really demanding as Serbia is set to play Brazil and Russia, two top contenders for the Olympic crown. “If we had won this match we would have been sure to make it to the quarterfinals. Now we will have to play much better against Brazil and Russia, it is not over yet” added Stankovic visibly tired after a match that had lasted for 2 hours and 15 minutes.

“It is hard to explain our defeat” continued Nikola Kovacevic. “We started well and did everything right in the first two sets, but Germany started to play well and then we didn’t attack properly. Germany began playing much better; they reduced the number of mistakes a lot. The first two sets we played really well, afterwards we fell back and they raised their game. We let them come into the game with the number of our mistakes. As for the next match with Brazil, well, we improved our game against the Germans, so Brazil is a great team, but they are not invincible. We can win. With every game we will get better and better, so I think it will be a great game. Every set means a lot, so we will give our best”.


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