10. 12. 2019

CL M: Benfica shock Warszawa to record first-ever triumph in pool stage

Source: cev.eu; Photo: cev.eu

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Benfica Lisboa have won their first-ever match in the CEV Champions League pool stage.


By beating Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa by a 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21) at home in Round 2 of Pool D, Benfica Lisboa recorded its first-ever triumph in pool stage of the Champions League. The win is even more significant knowing that Portuguese champions prevailed over a team that has only one defeat in one of the strongest leagues in the world, the Polish league. Hugo Gaspar top-scored for the winning side with 20 points. Bartosz Kwolek tallied 16 points for Warszawa, while Belgian Igor Grobelny made 85% reception (13 digs, 54% excellent).

Warszawa’s rivals for the home title Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle dominated over Belgian Knack Roeselare in Pool E, in which German VFB Friedrichshafen swept Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad on the road in Serbia.

2020 Men’s Volleyball CEV Champions League, pool stage - Round 2


(December 12):

Jihostroj České Budějovice (CZE) - Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA), 18:00 CET

Itas Trentino (ITA) - Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta Istanbul (TUR), 20:30 CET


(December 11):

ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO) - Kuzbass Kemerevo, 18:00 CET

Fakel Novy Urengoy (RUS) - Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER), 19:00 CET


(December 11):

Jastrzębski Węgiel (POL) - Halkbank Ankara (TUR), 18:00

VC Greenyard Maaseik (BEL) - Zenit Kazan (RUS), 20:30 CET


(December 10):

Benfica Lisboa (POR) - Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa (POL) 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21)

(December 11):

Tours VB (FRA) - Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA), 20:00 CET


(December 10):

Knack Roeselare (BEL) - Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle (POL) 0-3 (17-25, 19-25, 21-25)

Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) - VFB Friedrichshafen (GER) 0-3 (20-25, 21-25, 20-25)




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1 Comments about "CL M: Benfica shock Warszawa to record first-ever triumph in pool stage"

11.12.2019 | 09:25 |   PLCL [unregistered]

VERVA Warszawa's defeat was due to Anastasi who too underestimated his opponent.
Starting lineup of VERVA in the match included 4 players who rarely played in the domestic league.

In order to make it to the playoffs, VERVA had to win this match against the weaker team but lost.
Therefore, it became very difficult for VERVA to pass through the group.

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