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Germany leaves Argentina with a 3-2 win after a great comeback


Martín Ramos was Argentina's second scorer, but Germany prevailed in the end

Salta, Argentina, June 1, 2014 - After trailing by 2-0, Germany completed a remarkable comeback against Argentina to earn a 3-2 win (20-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 15-13) in the final game of FIVB World League's 2nd weekend.

Local star Facundo Conte led all scorers once again, this time with 21 tallies, followed by Martín Ramos with 14. Germany's Christian Fromm and Denys Kaliberda both had 16 points, while middle blocker Michael Andrei chipped in with 14.

The home side opened the game in a very convincing fashion, leading 5-2 and 8-4 with an Conte and Ramos adding blocks and setter Luciano De Cecco working defensively. Germany chose Fromm as the weapon to climb back, but he crashed against a superb block by captain Javier Filardiat, 13-8. De Cecco performed a new one-hand defense, and Conte successfully spiked the ball to lead Argentina to 16-11. The final track was downhill for the host team. Nicolás Uriarte entered the court and did some heavy damage from the service line (21-15) and Federico Pereyra, also as substitute player, completed the task to 25-20. 

With a block from Michael Andrei, Germany grabbed a 7-5 lead in the second set, but Conte proved to be stronger than the German hands and leveled the game at 9-9. Both teams spiked their way from there on to level the score at 14-14, and then Germany regained the lead just before the timeout (16-14). It didn’t last long, because De Cecco fired an ace and Conte contributed with a counterattack at 17-16. Argentina’s key player also blocked (21-19) and his side sprinted to the end, smashed by Porporatto at 25-20. 

Philipp Collin helped Germany move forward in the third chapter (6-5). Fromm moved to the opposite position and Dirk Westphal joined the scoring list at 8-7. Filardi unveiled an ace to equal the scores at 11-11, but Germany answered the same way and Westphal reappeared to give his side a three-point margin at the second TTO. The gap increased 19-16 and Kaliberda blocked to stretch it to 20-16. Argentina was unable to bounce back and the set went for the visiting side, 25-20.

Aiming for the tie-break, Germany relied on Fromm to gain a 7-3 advantage and was able to increase it to 12-8, seizing a lower display from the home team. Conte was the main scorer for Argentina, but Fromm did the same and Germany enjoyed a 16-11 lead with relative comfort. The South Americans lost their focus and the distance widened to 18-11, allowing Germany to cruise to the finish line. Collin unfolded a great block, a local serve went long and the next Argentine attack also missed court to end the set 25-16. 

A counterattack by Conte brought the local crowd back to life at 5-3 and the lead extended to 8-4 with two German errors in a row, after a couple of strong serves from Conte. A good set from De Cecco enabled Porporatto to score the 10-6, but Germany applied some pressure with firm blocks and improved on the attack to tie at 12-12. Later on, Fromm unleashed two outstanding serves and made it easier for Collin to block the definitive point, 15-13.
 

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