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World League 2003 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Germany beat Portugal 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 18-25, 26-24, 15-9) - duration 2:09
31-May, start time: 18:00, end time: 20:09 - Attendance: 2,914
Germany edge Portugal in five-set thriller
With both sides hunting for their first win of the tournament the match was a spectacle with both sides desperate in attack and defence.
The match started very tight with the attack much better than the defense but Portugal got off to the better start just pipping Germany in the first set 25-23 In the middle of the set the home side lost concentration at decisive moments falling five points behind Germany at 18-23 but with the excellent service of Jorge Alves, more aggression and better blocks Portugal recorded seven straight points and won the set.
This only sparked the visitors into rhythm and the combination of sharp defence and excellent attacking combinations drew the game level at one-set a piece. Hugo Caspar kept Portugal in the game with some tremendous spikes and was close to leading his team to second and fourth set victories but Germany's determination held strong for their first victory in Pool B.
The second set started also very balanced, up until 14-14 when the decisive blocking of the German team made the difference as they gained a six point advantage before sealing the set 25-19.
With more confidence and the good serving of Nuno Pinheiro, Portugal held a seven-point lead in the middle of the third set,and with Gaspar and Joao José huge in defense they finished off the set.
The fourth set, was very balanced until the end, with Germany winning 26-24.
The fifth set saw a very focused Germany making very few errors and Portugal unable to overcome the block. Germany clinching the vital win 15-9.
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