It was quarter-finals day in Poreč as 8 men’s teams and 4 women’s teams battled it out for a place in the last 4.
In the women’s matches, Ukraine had a 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-13) win over Hungary to earn a semi-final tie against Finland tomorrow afternoon.
The game between Slovenia and the Netherlands was much closer. The Dutch team looked comfortable in the first set as they ran out 25-17 winners but the second set could have gone either way. Slovenia had 4 match points before the Netherlands eventually claimed the set 29-27. Even from there, the match still had more twists and turns – Slovenia took the fourth set and were hoping to complete the comeback before the Netherland took the fourth set to win the match 3-1 (25-17, 29-27, 20-25, 25-19).
The results confirmed the semi-final line-up for tomorrow:
Finland v Ukraine
Russia v Netherlands
The 5-6th playoff is also now confirmed as:
Slovenia v Hungary
There was also one game in the women’s 7-9 playoff competition where Croatia met Italy. After a close first set, the Italians took control and wrapped up the match 3-0 (25-23, 25-5, 25-16) to secure 7th place in their final match of the competition. Croatia will meet Germany tomorrow morning to decide 8th place.
In the men’s competition Bosnia & Herzegovina met Germany in a repeat of the 2015 final. After 2 strong sets from Bosnia, Germany looked to be getting back into the match when they led 16-8 in the third set. Unfortunately for them they couldn’t hold on and Bosnia closed out the set to secure a 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 26-24) win and a place in the semi-finals. The reigning champions have still not dropped a set so will take some beating!
The second and third quarter-finals were more straightforward. Russia showed off their power with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-16) win to set up a semi-final clash with Bosnia. Both teams are yet to lose a set in the competition, so something will have to give when they play tomorrow.
Ukraine also dominated against Poland with the Ukrainians winning 25-12, 25-19, 25-14 to grab a 3-0 win and their place in the last 4.
The final quarter-final was another closer match, between Croatia and the Netherlands. In the opening set, the Netherlands had a set point at 25-24 but Croatia took the next 3 points to claim the set. Croatia then raced to a 22-10 lead in the second and although the Netherlands closed the gap, they were unable to prevent a 25-16 loss. The final set was level at 19-19 before Croatia claimed it 25-22 to the delight of the players, staff and spectators!
The day’s results now mean that tomorrow will see:
Bosnia & Herzegovina v Russia
Croatia v Ukraine
5-8th Place Semi-Finals
Germany v Serbia
Netherlands v Poland
There was also a number of games in the 9-13th playoff pool. Turkey were arguably the most successful team of the day as they followed up their first victory in the European Championship, against Hungary 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-17), with a second 3-0 win against Georgia (25-20, 25-15, 25-18). Mehmet Yilmaz was the star of their team, scoring 47 points in the two matches!
There were also wins for Latvia, 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-17) against Georgia, and Hungary, 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-23) against Italy.
Tomorrow is set to be another fantastic day of sitting volleyball, you can view the timing of all the matches on the results page of the website.