The Portuguese team Benfica defeated Mladost at home in straight sets and got closer to the qualification to the 4th Round of the competition, i.e. pool stage: 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-22). The rematch will be played in Croatia on November 27.
The first set, in which Benfica bounced back from the six-point deficit (11-17), turned out to be crucial for the outcome of the match. Brazilian outside hitter André Aleixo “Japa”, who came to Benfica from Sesc RJ this summer, scored game-high 18 points (70% attack, 16/23). André Lopes made 89% reception (18 digs, 50% excellent). As for Mladost, Ukrainian Tymofii Poluian tallied 14 points, including 5 kill blocks.
2020 CEV Men’s Volleyball Champions League – 3rd Round (1st leg)
Benfica Lisboa (POR) – Mladost Zagreb (CRO) 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-22)
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