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Match descriptive

Greece beat Poland 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-20) - duration 1:48
17-Aug, start time: 19:30, end time: 21:18 - Attendance: 8'600
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Greece beat Poland to lead Pool A
Greece overcame a slow start to turn things around and sail to a four-set win over Poland, 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-20) at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Tuesday.

Poland started the match clearly inspired by their win in the opening match against defending champions Serbia and Montenegro. They started the first set strongly and seemed determined to ruin the Greek party. Dawid MUREK (POL) was unstoppable and led the Polish to the win, 25-21.

Greeks were not willing to give up, though. Once they took the lead in the second set, they were not supposed to be threatened again. Blocking and defending of the Greek team improved dramatically. Theodoros CHATZIANTONIOU, Antonios TSAKIROPOULOS and Georgios STEFANOU found the way to stop MUREK, while setter Vasileios KOURNETAS did a great job in feeding Antrei KRAVARIK and Tontor-Zlatko BAEV. The final scoreline of 25-18 found the Greek supporters celebrating.

Both teams tried to take charge of the third set. However, neither of them managed to do that as the set went point-by-point. It was time for the pair of KOURNETAS-KRAVARIK to step up and help Greece to win by 25-21.

By this stage there was no way back for Poland. Greece dominated the fourth set and finally won by 25-20, much to the delight of the crowd.

The big difference between the two teams was the blocking abilities. The hosts had 12 points from kill-blocks while Poland only had five.

KRAVARIK had 25 points for the winners, while BAEV added 14 and CHATZIANTONIOU 13. Piotr GRUSZKA was the highest scorer with 16 points for Poland, followed by MUREK who had 15 despite struggling with his efficiency.

Greece is now at the top of Pool A with two wins from two matches. They will face Argentina, who are also 2-0, on Thursday. Poland is 1-1 for the Olympic Volleyball tournament and will play bottom of the table, France, on the same day.
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