After expected wins from Germany against India 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-15) and Wilfredo’s team against the Czechs 3-1 (27-29, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21) on Friday, the decisive match was to come on day two.
On Saturday, a packed Max-Schmeling-Halle was eagerly awaiting the clash between favorites Germany and Cuba. For Wilfredo it was a very special match. Four years ago at the age of only 14, he had faced the Germans once already in an Olympic Qualifier and took a shattering loss after already leading with 2-0 sets.
Maybe that match came to Wilfredo’s mind when Germany won the first two sets this time. Anyhow, he led his team by example and Cuba started a spectacular comeback for a crucial tiebreak. In a exciting head-to-head race, Wilfredo saved one of Germany’s matchpoints and got his team one themselves, but Cuba couln’t convert one of their three chances.
On the other side, Germany used their third match ball and won a memorable match 3-2 (25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 17-25, 20-18).
Being Cuba’s topscorer with 19 points didn’t help Wilfredo to get over the loss: “It was a long and very strong game on a high level, at the end it was just bad luck. But I know that our team can learn by experience.”
As Wilfredo says, the young Cuban team will focus on their future which looks very promising.
Saturday’s second match saw a Czech win over India 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-23).
On Sunday, Cuba kept their slight chance alive by defeating India 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-20) and hoped for a German loss against the Czech Republic.
Indeed, the fans saw a tight match, but in the end Germany booked their ticket to London winning 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21) .