Portugal have all to play for in World League Pool E
Porto, Portugal, July 3, 2014 – The last week of matches in 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League Pool E will decide which of three teams will qualify for the Group 2 Finals in Sydney, Australia. The Netherlands, Portugal and the Czech Republic are separated by just three points and can all finish top of the Pool.
Portugal will play hosts to Korea, who are the only team in Pool E who can no longer be ranked first. Coach Hugo Silva believes his team still have a chance to regain the Pool leadership they lost away to the Czech Republic last week in Opava.
"To arrive at the last week and be able to continue to compete for the qualification against two strong teams like the Netherlands and the Czech Republic is something to be proud of. It is also true that we had a lot on our hands. The team were able to play three quarters of the event at a very good level, but afterwards, when it was important to take responsibilities and win important points, the team was unable to provide the adequate answers," said Hugo Silva, Portugal’s coach. He added: "I believe that we are still in the right conditions to reply positively to this situation and I think that we all have to make a last effort to achieve this ambitious goal. We end this edition of the World League playing at home and I hope that we will have an enthusiastic crowd to support us as a fair reward for our players."
The matches between Portugal and Korea on Saturday (at 19.00 local time) and Sunday (17.00 local time) will be live on Sport TV.