WCL: Have you ever seen so unexpected a match finale?
Fifth Leg of Women’s Champions League started unusual things throughout match Azeryol – Galatasaray. You should definitely watch last points of game, when it seemed that Azeryol won it, then referees changed their mind and Galtasary won battle, getting 3 missing points in a row!
Dinamo Moscow – Iqtisadchi Baku 3-0 (25-23 25-17 25-18)
Dinamo: Vetrova (1), Kosheleva (11), Krivets (4), Obmochaeva (20), Marchenko (12), Morozova (9), Tretyakova (L) and Zhitova (1)
Iqtisadchi: Q.Y.Wei (1), Wilavan (5), Pleumjit (5), Flier (9), Onuma (7), Y.W.Ma (7), Wanna (L) and Willougby (3), L.Zhang, Lamas Gueren, Duerr (L), Fersola Norberto (1)
Dinamo Moscow played for the second time this year the side from Azerbaijan whose roster includes mainly players from Thailand, China, and USA. As expected, Igtisadchi showed their fast Volleyball right from the start to make things not that easy for the hosts who trailed 13:16 before their middle blocker Iuliia Morozova flipped the charts around (17:16). Natalya Obmochaeva and Maryna Marchenko contributed some more points for Dinamo thereby sealing the final 25-23. With this strong start, the Muscovites could somehow control the fighting spirit initially displayed by their opponents and played with much confidence and showed superb quality to dominate the second and third set to cruise to a straight win.
“We had prepared very carefully for this game; we knew that their main strength is their reception so we wanted to serve strong so as to shake their back line and prevent them from displaying their fast attacks” says Dinamo star Tatiana Kosheleva.
“We have been waiting for quite some time for this game and we really wanted to achieve a good result tonight” adds head coach Svetlana Ilic. “We played really good and my players were concentrated from the start up to the very end. I have to congratulate my team on what they have accomplished tonight.”
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ActionsPointsSpike ptsSpike %BlockAceErrorsNatalya Obmochaeva201869%023Manon Flier9730%025
Crvena Zvezda Belgrade – Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza 1-3 (18-25 25-21 19-25 15-25)
Crvena Zvezda: Milovits (4), Milenkovic (7), Trnic (11), Helic (13), Kecman (12), Popovic (8), Pusic (L) and Lukic
Rebecchi: Ferretti (1), Bosetti (10), Leggeri (15), Van Hecke (23), Meijenrs (3), De Kruijf (19), Sansonna (L) and Vindevoghel (1), Manzano, Bramborova (2)
More details soon.
ActionsSpike pointsSpike %BlockServeRec ExcRec PosErrorsZvezda4431%7416%58%24Rebecci5942%11413%57%27
ActionsPointsSpike ptsSpike %BlockAceErrorsAdela Helic131229%107Lise Van Hecke231835%2310
Azeryol Baku – Galatasaray Istanbul 2-3 (25-21 22-25 25-21 15-25 14-16)
Azeryol: Silie Frometa (3), Di Iulio (7), Vargas Valdez (13), Kozuch (17), Aliyeva (17), Kovalenko (9), Thomsen (L) and Matiaskova-Aghayeva, Gasimova (1), Rahimova (5), Parkhomenko (3), Jones (3)
Galatasaray: Lo Bianco (1), Ozsoy (18), Veljkovic (17), Montano (27), Kimura (13), Barut (1), Guneyligil (L) and Dumanoglu, Aydinlar (1), Kalac (6), Arslan Guc
Azeryol caught a good start forcing Galatasaray mentor Massimo Barbolini into an early time-out (4:1). Azeryol still set the pace with a comfortable margin (8:3) at the first technical stop as the hosts showed a good performance in reception combined with solid attacks. Barbolini asked for his second time-out as Galatasaray Daikin trailed 5:10 but Azeryol continued to control the operations (16:7) and even though the guests from Turkey attempted a late comeback (22:19), Azeryol could claim the first set with the score of 25-21.
With their Colombian superstar Madelaynne Montano on fire, Galatasaray was off the blocks very strong in the second set (3:8, 4:11) and even though Azeryol minimized their deficit (11:12), the guests this time controlled the game up to the end of the set (22-25).
Things changed once more in the opening of the third set where Azeryol stormed out to an 8:5 lead and the home heroines imposed their pace also later on to move the score up to 16:9. Azeryol was once more very solid in reception while their German spiker Margareta Anna Kozuch helped widen the lead up to 21:15. Even though Galatasaray fought their way back, the hosts could restore their leadership in the game (25-21).
The guests from Turkey found back their best play in the fourth set (4:8) and Azeryol was unable to respond to that storm (8:16), so that the outcome of the game was to be decided at the tie-break (15-25).
Azeryol caught a good start there with an early lead (4:1) but Galatasaray drew level at 5 all. The guests moved to the front for the first time at 10:11 and after a time-out asked by their Italian mentor Barbolini, they could seal the final 14-16 for their fourth victory in the competition.
Below I give you the link of tie-brek’s finale between Azeryol and Galatasaray (unfortunatley from Turk TV, not with english comment):
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ActionsPointsSpike ptsSpike %BlockAceErrorsMargareta Kozuch171432%123Madelaynne Montano272538%114