The match between the hosts, the Netherlands, and Spain was proclaimed the Match of the Day even before players of these two Pool B sides entered the court at Topsportcentrum de Koog hall. The Netherlands started the match on the right foot by taking the first two sets, but Spain’s fighting spirit gave them a 2-2. Still, the Dutch team, led on the court by Nimir Abdel-Aziz who delivered 33 points including 9 aces (!), prevailed in the tiebreak: 3-2 (25-15, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 15-11). Actually, it was the fourth tie-breaker for the Netherlands in as many Pool B matches as they now top the standings with a 3-1 record and 7 points. Andrés Villena scored 20 points for Spain wjho are the second placed in the charts with a 2-2 record and 8 points.
A day earlier, Turkey swept Slovakia by a 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-17) in Pool A, with 12 points from Çağatay Durmaz, to keep their invincibility in the tournament (4-0; 12 points).
The Czech Republic beat Belarus in four sets, partially 25-21, 25-18, 19-25, and 25-23 in Pool C, with 15 points from Jan Galabov, making the pool highly competitive knowing that only one point stands between them and first-placed Belarus (both teams have a 3-1 record, but Belarus collected 9 points). Ukraine are still in the game for the top spot in the pool as they have 7 points and a 2-2 record, which is only one point behind the Czechs.
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