Dutch volleyball players suffered their first defeat at the European Championships on Sunday. In an Ahoy in Rotterdam with around eleven thousand fans sold out, the Orange squad 0-3 for world champion Poland: 19-25, 18-25 and 19-25.
Poland, which started the European Championships on Friday with a 3-1 win over Estonia, is in the same position as the Netherlands on six points. The Orange squad, which beat Montenegro and Ukraine 3-0, has played one game more.
The Roberto Piazza team must finish in the first four in the group of six to reach the eighth finals of the European Championship, which is held in four countries. Belgium, France and Slovenia are the other three host countries. The final will be held in Paris on September 29.
In the group stage, the Netherlands is still playing against Estonia (Tuesday) and the Czech Republic (Wednesday). Those duels are in Amsterdam.
Orange cannot stunt top country
After two games against European mid-engines, the Dutch team reached an absolute top country in men's volleyball in Ahoy on Sunday. Poland was crowned world champion in 2014 and 2018.
The Netherlands, which last year finished eighth in the world championship, was able to keep up with the Poles, but there was no stunt.
In the first set the world champion immediately hit a hole of three points and the Netherlands was unable to close that (19-25). The second company was exciting until Poland, with a 15-16 lead, made four runs in a row and took the set (18-25).
The Orange team kept hoping for a good result and also took 12-9 in the third set. That was the signal for another intermediate sprint from the Poles, who suddenly had a 13-15 lead and decided the game.
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