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Finland make last minute surge to rally past Korea in tiebreaker


Finland celebrate fifth set win against Korea and score a 2-0 streak in Suwon

Suwon, Korea, June 9, 2013 - Finland made a huge surge towards the end of the fifth set to overtake hosts Korea (23-25, 25-18, 26-24, 15-25, 16-14) in Pool C of the FIVB World League at the Suwon Indoor Gym on Sunday.

Korea utilised a different style of play in the first set by exploiting their strength on both wings. Jeon Kwang-In got help from Park Chul-Woo in attacking the strong block of Finland. Han Sun-Soo's setting was at its best and distributed the attacks well for his hitters coming from both flanks.

Finland counted on its strength and height advantage that awarded them the second and third sets. Korean defenders struggled from the Finns' strong serve that overturned them to make a counter-attack. Finland setter Mikko Esko called in the plays that allowed his hitters to pound on the Korean defence particularly in the middle where Korea were most vulnerable.

Korea took advantage of the good three-man connection between setter Han, and attackers Jeon and Park in the fourth set. The three combined well on the attack and provided thrilling serves and blocks. With momentum on their side, Korea built a huge cushion. Finland gave in and were forced to play the tiebreaker. 

Korea led mostly in the fifth set only to be challenged tremendously by the Finns towards the end. Finland held their ground until they saw an opportunity late in the final set through a solid attack and a service error bonus from Korea.

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