These teams plus Portugal played six matches over three days in the Fraport Arena, Frankfurt. A fantastic atmosphere was guaranteed, as apart from the German fans, a big Bulgarian crowd did everything they could to encourage their team with national hero Matey Kaziyski.
The opening match on Friday saw Argentina with FIVB Hero Facundo Conte taking on Bulgaria and Matey Kaziyski. Expected to be a tight match, it was in fact a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-21) victory for Argentina. Both Conte and Kaziyski were their teams’ top scorers, but it was Facundo with a smile on his face after the match.
Germany easily defeated Portugal 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-18). FIVB Hero Ferdinand Tille didn’t play, but he was in the gym and spent a lot of time with his young volleyball fans.
On Saturday, Kaziyski’s team did better and defeated Portugal 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-12). With over 70 percent efficiency in attack, Matey was unstoppable.
After Argentina’s great performance the day before, the German crowd was delighted to see their team dominating the South Americans 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 26-24).
However, Conte’s team made a good recovery on Sunday. They left the talented but inexperienced Portuguese without a set as they won 3-0 (28-26, 25-20, 25-21).
The final match between Germany and Bulgaria was special in several ways. The large Bulgarian contingent ensured a fantastic atmosphere, as they badly wanted to take revenge for the painful defeat against Germany at the Olympic qualifier in Sofia. Every time Matey served, “Matey Kaziyski!” chants resounded throughout the Fraport Arena. The outside hitter didn’t disappoint and scored five spectacular aces to lead his team to a 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23) win.
Despite losing the match, the set they did win enabled the Germans to grab the first place of Pool D, at least until the teams meet again in Buenos Aires in two weeks.
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