Serbia and Montenegro beat Argentina 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23) - duration 1:43
21-Aug, start time: 16:10, end time: 17:53 - Attendance: 4'826
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium Serbia & Montenegro win to top Pool A
After being one set down Sydney 2000 champions Serbia and Montenegro triumphed in a super showdown with Argentina to collect their third win of the tournament and go top of Pool A.
Both teams have qualified for the quarterfinals, but after this result first place in Pool A will now be determined on Monday when the final match of the Preliminary Round will be played.
It was a magnificent contest between two big teams in fine form. Argentina took the early lead in the first set and never fell behind. Jorge Alberto ELGUETA and Alejandro SPAJIC were inspirational as they pulled off play after play to keep the South Americans in the lead before finally closing the set with a winning margin of four points.
Obviously, the first set defeat came as a shock to the world number three but Serbia and Montenegro know how to overcome such difficult situations. With out an injured Ivan MILJKOVIC it was Vladimir GRBIC and Goran VUJEVIC's turn to take control and it was their attacking which helped the "Blue Team" show their quality to answer back with an easy 25-17 win in the second set.
The third set went point-by-point until Argentina held a 19-17 lead. Then came a superb substitution by coach Ljubomir Travica when he introduced Milan MARKOVIC into the fray. Guided by MARKOVIC's excellent serving and efficient blocking (3 kill-blocks in that period) Serbia and Montenegro completed a six-point-streak that put the Europeans ahead at 23-19. An ace by Vladan DJORDJEVIC sealed the 25-21 Serbian win.
The fourth set proved to be the most thrilling. Marcos MILINKOVIC improved his spiking efficiency and as a result Argentina took the early lead, but only briefly. Serbia and Montenegro pulled level at 7-7 before it was their turn to go ahead at 10-8. ELGUETA answered back on behalf of Argentina to tie the set at 14-14. With the set tied at 22-22 Travica made another inspired move calling on DJORDJEVIC from the bench to serve. Straight away the move pa