Against Ukraine, Slovakia and Sweden, the Germans were strong favourites to win their pool. In the first match, Germany were up against the Ukrainians. Cheered on by their home crowd in Kharkiv, the hosts gave their best and won the second set against Georg’s team, who still looked a bit weary following the Olympic Games in London.
In the third set, Ukraine was already up 24-21, but the Germans saved three set points and finally won the set, which pretty much decided the match.
The last set was easily taken by Germany, to finish off a great start to the qualification with the 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22) win.
Against Slovakia, Georg played out of his skin, when he scored 28 points including four blocks in his one-man-show. The Slovakians were unable to stand up to the pressure of the German opposite whose team clinched an easy 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-21) victory in the second match.
The final match of Pool E’s first weekend saw an expected 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-19) win for Germany against underdog Sweden. Once again, Georg topped the point score with 16 points to his credit in the German’s attack.
To qualify directly for the European Championships next year, Germany must finish first after two qualifiers. The second qualifier in Maribor, Slovenia will take place from 13 to 15 September.
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