Volleyball: Poland starts VNL Final Six with victory

Polish national volleyball team defeated Brazil 3:2 in the first match of the FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League Final Six and made a step towards the semi-final of the tournament.

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Poland started the first set leading with 5:1, but then the “Canarinhos” caught up and the game was tight. Poles managed to win the first part of the game 25:23.

The second part was somewhat the opposite of the first one, it started from the domination of the Brazilian team, but also had a fierce endgame. Finally, the Brazilian team secured victory 25:23.

The third part of the game was full of both good plays and mistakes made by both teams. The coach of the Polish team, Vital Heynen, saw a red card (which means the loss of a point) after nervous reactions to the decisions of referees. Surprisingly, the move gave the team a boost and they managed to win the set 25:21.

Brazilian players started the fourth part of the game with gaining an advantage, but soon Poles got close to them. The game again became tight, but the Polish team was unable to win this set.

The tie-break started with a small advantage of Poland, but the Brazilian team soon caught up. The Polish team was able to regain the lead in the game and soon secured the victory in the fifth part of the game and the whole match.

The next game of the Polish team will take place on Thursday, Poland will play against Iran.

The victory of Poland against Brazil can be considered as a surprise, because coach Heynen chose a reserve squad for the FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League Final Six, while “Canarinhos” making use of the best available players.

The priority for the Polish national team is a qualification to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and the core of Poland’s squad will participate in the qualifying tournament, which will take place in August in Gdańsk, northern Poland.