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18. 03. 2021

CL M: What a comeback of Zaksa, Zenit let the win slip through their hands!

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The Russian powerhouse Zenit Kazan had a 2-0 lead in the first game of the Champions League semifinals...

 

However, the Polish team Zaksa Kedzierzyn Kozle managed to make a huge comeback and to win the game in the tie-break.

Even though nothing has been solved with this match since there is the second leg game in Poland, this is a huge boost for Zaksa that will now have a small advantage.

Zenit had control in the first two sets, taking a 2-0 lead and we then saw the rise of the rival from Poland that managed to force the tie-break.

The Russian side had a better opening, creating a big lead (6-2), however, Zaksa again made a comeback by taking over the lead 7-6. After a few turnarounds, Zaksa got the first match point 14-11.

Then comes the proof that the game in Poland will also be an uncertain one, especially after Zenit managed to save three match points and to tie the game 14:14.

After all, two points in a row pushed Zaksa to the big victory in this game.

The top scorer of the game was Kamil Semeniuk 27 points, while Lukasz Kaczmarek contributed with 22 and Aleksander Sliwka with 17 points. In Zenit, Max Mikhailov had 23 points, Earvin Ngapeth 17 and Bartosz Bednorz 16.

CEV Champions League, semifinals, first leg:

Zenit Kazan – Zaksa Kedzierzyn Kozle 2-3 (25-22, 25-22, 27-29, 22-25,  14-16)

Trentino – Perugia 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-23)

 

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