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EuroVolley M: Romania Triumphs Over Croatia in Thrilling EuroVolley 2023 Quarter-Final

by WoV

In an electrifying five-set duel during the Round of 16 at EuroVolley 2023, Romania clinched a 3-2 victory against Croatia, advancing to the quarter-finals and marking their most significant progress in the championship since 1995. In contrast, Croatia’s promising run comes to a halt.

Petar Dirlic (11) in attack – Photo: CEV

Previously, Croatia showcased their mettle in Pool B, securing the second position after the dominant Slovenia. With commendable victories over Ukraine, Spain, and Bulgaria, Croatia only faltered against Finland and Slovenia.

Romania’s journey was equally captivating. Although they landed third in Pool D in Tel Aviv, they managed a commendable 3-2 win-loss record. Their stunning 3-1 win against Olympic champions, France, stood out as they delivered the only defeat France faced in the pool stage. Romania also celebrated victories over Turkiye and Greece, while succumbing to Portugal and Israel.

Historically, Croatia held the upper hand, triumphing over Romania in all four encounters between 2014 and 2015. However, this year, the tables turned dramatically.

Romania set the court on fire, leading 2-0 in sets, before Croatia made a spirited comeback in the third. The fourth set witnessed a neck-to-neck contest, and although Romania was on the brink of victory at 24-23, Croatia managed a last-minute surge, winning the set 28-26. The decisive fifth set saw Romania’s determination shine through, securing a 15-12 win despite Croatia’s multiple comeback attempts.

Team Romania – Photo: CEV

Romania’s victory was significantly marked by Alexandru Rata’s astounding performance, contributing 30 points to the team’s win. Matching him in spirit and effort was Croatia’s captain, Petar Dirlic, who scored an impressive 29 points.

Croatia vs. Romania 2-3 (17-25, 20-25, 25-17, 28-26, 12-15)

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