The Polish volleyball team defeated Serbia 3:0 (25:22, 25:16, 25:22) on Sunday, taking the bronze medal at the Volleyball European Championships 2021. The Polish team were on the lowest step of the podium at the championships of the Old Continent for the second time in a row.
Both teams had little time to cool down following their defeats in Saturday's semi-finals where they had both been favourites. After the dramatic duel, the Poles succumbed to Slovenes 1:3, and the Serbian team lost by the same margin to the rejuvenated Italians.
The match for the bronze medal was the second confrontation between Poles and Serbs in this tournament. In the group stage, the White-and-reds won 3:2.
The medal won on Sunday is the Poles 10th from the Poles in the European Championships (the fourth bronze).
Of the seven matches played under Vital Heynen, the Poles won six. The contract of the Belgian coach expired after the championships and will not be automatically renewed. After the Olympics, Heynen did not comment directly on the matter, but from time to time he made comments suggesting that he would soon say goodbye to the Polish team.
The final was played after the match between Poles and Serbs, Italy won, beating Slovenia 3:2.