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Portugal edge Serbia in five-set epic

Serbia's Milos Nikic cannot believe it as visitors Portugal pick up the narrowest of victories in Friday's 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League match
Belgrade, Serbia, June 10, 2011 – Portugal sealed their third win of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League and moved up to second place in Pool C on Friday with a thrilling 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 28-26, 23-25, 15-13) win over hosts Serbia in Belgrade.
Both teams started the first set well with strong and precise serves, although it was Serbia who took a quick lead. The Portuguese managed to pull back and then went ahead and despite calling a time out, the home side let the opening set slip.
Serbia started the second set more vigorously with Sasa Starovic on the serve, as the hosts gained a six point lead. The Portuguese tried to fight back but Serbia clung onto the lead before closing the set six points ahead to draw level.

The third set was a point-by-point affair with neither team taking control. Portugal quickly gained the lead before Serbia pulled even again at 21-all. But the visitors, who returned to the World League for the first time since 2006, gained a two point advantage to narrowly regain the lead.
The side then took the lead in the fourth set, maintaining it until late on. But Serbia, determined for the win, forced themselves back into contention to take the match to a tie break.
The tie-break was as tight as ever as both teams put on a serving clinic for the fans. Serbia increased the pressure on their guests but it wasn’t enough as Portugal sealed a crucial win over last year’s bronze medallists.

The two sides will meet again on Saturday at 18:00 GMT.


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