The first quarterfinal pair at the European Championship is known. Poland and Russia will be playing in the quarterfinals after tonight's victories. The home team easily defeated Finland in Gdansk and saved all their strength for important fights - 3: 0 (25:16, 25:16, 25:14), and Poland left the first set to young and motivated Ukrainians and then easily confirmed the triumph - 3: 1 (22:25, 25:16, 25:22, 25:22).
Poland were led to triumph by the great Wilfredo Leon, who counted to 14 tonight. There was no need to count more. He got 12 balls in the attack, of which as many as nine ended up on taraflex on the opposing part of the field (75 percent).
He also had two blocks and three aces. He was followed best by Bartosz Kurek with 11 points, and he had even better percentages in the attack (12-10, 83 percent). S Since the question of the winner was clear very quickly, all Poles got a chance to feel the game.
The main players rested and saved strength for the much more important battles. Finland did not show much against the world champions, which is clearly shown by the fact that no player reached double-digit points.
The most efficient was Antti Ronkainen with seven points.
In Group C, the Finns recorded three victories and two defeats, placed from the fourth position in the eighth-finals, and then encountered an insurmountable obstacle. The Russians were second in the same group (score 4-1), so they crossed paths with the third-placed team from the group where Serbia was.
It was the selection of Ukraine, which in the right phase had an effect of 3-2. Poland lost the first set, and then raised the level of the game and took safe steps to the quarterfinals. The most deserving for the triumph was Jegor Kljuka with 21 points (attack 30-15).
Volkov followed him with 14 points, while Podlesnykh had one less. On the other side, the best was Yurii Semenouk with 14 points, and Vieetsky and Plotnytsky scored 11 points each. At the previous European Championship, Ukraine reached the quarterfinals, where they lost 3: 2 to Serbia.
This time they were stopped one step earlier. Poland and Russia are playing great at the European Championship and it will be a very interesting duel between these two teams. Since the question of the winner was clear very quickly, all Poles got a chance to feel the game.
The main players rested and saved strength for the much more important battles. Although Poland is the favorite, they should not relax, because the Russians know how to be quite dangerous and could create big problems for them.