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Women s Olympic Games 2004 - Press Conference

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Germany beat Cuba 3-2 (20-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-15, 17-15) - duration 2:15
14-Aug, start time: 9:00, end time: 11:15 - Attendance: 1'100
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Germany upsets the defending champions in a thriller
The opening match of the Athens Volleyball Olympic Tournament offered excitement and thrilling emotions as Germany beat reigning Olympic Champions Cuba 3-2 (20-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-15, 17-15) at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

Despite having lost both first sets by the defending champions, Germany had the courage and the talent to turn things around and reach to a fascinating and also significant five-sets victory.

Germany started the match very decisive and took the early lead.

But, then the class of Cuban players took the score in the first set from 7-10 to 16-13.

The two teams were for the last time tied on 19 points. The fast playing style of Cuba was the key factor for them to grab the first set by 25-20 in 23 minutes.

The second set began as a monologue of Cuba who took the lead by 19-14.

Based on Cuba's mistakes and on great defensive rallies, the stubborn Germans managed not only to cut the margin, but also to take the lead at a crucial time by 24-23.

However, two brilliant spikes of Marta SANCHEZ SALFRAN gave more experienced Cuba the win in the second set, 26-24 in 30 minutes.

After coming close in the first two, Germany finally won the third set by 25-22 in 25 minutes. Angelina GRUN and Olessya KULAKOVA improved their performance a lot and led their team to victory.

With morale sky high, the Germans did not leave the Cubans the chance to keep in touch in the fourth set and sailed to an easy 25-15 win to send the match to the tiebreak.

The deciding last set was a thriller. The teams fought hard point-by-point. Germany was finally the one that celebrated a tremendous victory by 17-15 to win the opening match in five sets. GRUN proved her leading skills by wining the match point with a terrific unstoppable serve hit, much to the delight of the German supporters in the stands.

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ing the match point with a terrific unstoppable serve hit, much to the delight of the German supporters in the stands.

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