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Portugal stay in Final Four contention with Korea win

Portugal captain Joao Jose, who scored 10 points, is this World League Group 2’s most successful spiker with a success rate of 65.63%.

Povoa de Varzim, Portugal, July 5, 2014 – Portugal kept their FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 Group 2 Finals hopes alive by beating Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-19) in Povoa de Varzim on Saturday to keep within two points of Pool E leaders the Netherlands, who had earlier beaten the Czech Republic 3-1.

Key Points

•    The Netherlands lead Pool E on 21 points with Portugal on 19 points. The Czech Republic (15 points) and Korea (11 points) are out of contention for the FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 Group 2 Finals.

•    The FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 Group 2 Finals, which will take place in Sydney from July 12-13, participants are made up of hosts Australia and the winners of Pool C (Belgium), D (France) and E (The Netherlands or Portugal).

•    Portugal play Korea again on Sunday at 16:00, at which point they could already know their Finals fate since the Netherlands play the Czech Republic earlier at 13:00 GMT.

•    Portugal lead the World League head to head against Korea having won three of the five matches including two earlier this season when they won both Pool E matches against Korea, 3-1 and 3-0 at Ulsan. Last season, Korea won twice 3-1.

•    With victory on Sunday, Portugal can also register their first ever World League with seven wins. Portugal have six wins in this World League campaign, most since 2005 (6).

•    Portugal captain Joao Jose, who scored 10 points, is this World League Group 2’s most successful spiker with a success rate of 65.63%.

In the first set, and being stronger on the offensive plays, Portugal opened a confortable 7-2 lead with a block from Joao Oliveira but Korea soon recovered to trail 7-5 thanks to Chul-Woo Park’s attacking prowess. Three consecutive errors from Korea at the service line allowed Portugal to advance even more in the score. An ace from Alex Ferreira increased the difference to four at 14-10 and another ace, this time from Marcel Gil reinforced it at 20-15. A failed attack from Sun-Soo Han allowed Portugal to win the set 25-21.

The second set was more balanced with Portugal arriving at the first Technical Time Out 8-6 ahead thanks to a block from Alex Ferreira on Min-Ho Choi. Shortly after another block from Alex Ferreira left Korea looking at a four point deficit at 11-7, two superb spikes from Seung-Suk Kwak reduced Portugal’s lead to 13-12 before Kiwon Park’s team tied the score 16-16. More errors at the service line from Korea and the efficacy of the Portuguese in attack and block led the home team to win the second set 25-22.

The last set started even but two consecutive points from Marco Ferreira and a block from Gil gave Hugo Silva’s team the lead 7-4. Korea fought back again but Marco Ferreira scored again, which gave Portugal the impetus to open a 18-12 lead which was soon 20-14. Despite Korea’s best efforts, which reduced the lead to 20-17, Portugal soon wrapped up the set 25-19 and consequently the match.

Portugal's Alexandre Ferreira, with 18 points was the best scorer of the match, while Kwang-In Jeon, with nine points was the best scorer for Korea.

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