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men s Olympic Games 2004 - Match Descriptive

Match descriptive

Argentina beat Greece 3-1 (16-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-22) - duration 1:49
19-Aug, start time: 19:30, end time: 21:19 - Attendance: 9'403
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Argentina stall Greek dream to top Pool
The Marcos MILINKOVIC led side were in sensational form on a night where both unbeaten sides were looking for a victory to virtually guarantee themselves a place in the quarterfinals.

And it was Argentina who walked away with the honour, capitalizing on the many Greek mistakes and with three wins from three, they now have one hand on a spot in the next phase.

Argentina wanted to prove right from the start that they are not going to be influenced by the warm atmosphere created by the Greek supporters.

Indeed, inspired by their leaders 33-year-old Marcos MILINKOVIC, who will play in Greece in the upcoming season, and 35-year-old Jorge Alberto ELGUETA, who also spent two seasons playing in Greece, Argentina took the early lead.

Good Greek blocking was there to keep the margin small before some excellent serving saw Greece claw their way back. Antrei KRAVARIK scored three incredible aces before Tontor-Zlatko BAEV and Marios GKIOURDAS added two and one respectively as Greece fought back from 9-7 down to turnaround 18-11 ahead. It was too late for Argentina to resist and the 1st set saw Greece go one up.

Vasileios KOURNETAS kept setting the ball excellently in the second set and Greece maintained a handy lead of around three points. But MILINKOVIC was again there to step up for Argentina. Tough serving (two aces in the 2nd set) and efficient spiking by the Argentinean super-star cut the margin and helped Argentina go ahead at the crucial moment, 20-19. The Latin-Americans finally won 25-21.

The 3rd set went point-by-point, but Argentina were the team to keep their nerve in the end and win by 25-22. By this stage the Argentinean morale was sky-high. They took early charge of the fourth set and were never threatened again despite Greece's late rally. The final set sealed victory for Argentina, much to the disappointment of the Greek crowd.

MILINKOVIC was the match's high scorer and top player with 27 points while ELGUETA had a tremendous match as well, scoring 17 points for the winners.

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