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VNL M: Čebulj shines as Slovenia downs Russia in 5, Germany and Argentina make upsets

by WoV

The Slovenia National Team threw another world giant on its knees in the 2021 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League in Rimini (Italy).

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Slovenia beat Russia at the closing of Week 3 of the 2021 Men’s VNL. It was truly a remarkable victory of the side from the Balkans given that, less than 24 hours ago, it outplayed France in an exhausting five-setter and after a turnaround. Slovenia staged another turnaround, this time not from 0-2 but from 1-2 in sets, and maintained pretty good chances of qualifying for the semifinals. Klemen Čebulj shone on the winning team with 32 points.

Germany displayed strong performance and stunned Iran: 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13). The team coached by Andrea Giani improved to 4-5 mostly thanks to Linus Weber (15 points) and Tobias Krick (4 blocks). Saber Kazemi was on a high level for the Asians, scoring 27 points.

Argentina achieved an important victory over favorite Japan 3-1 (30-32, 25-16, 25-18, 25-21). Federico Pereyra again led the South Americans, tallying 22 points. The teams commanded by Marcelo Méndez reached their fourth victory in the tournament.

2021 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League – Day 9 (Week 3):

Iran – Germany 2-3 (25-23, 20-25, 19-25, 25-19, 13-15)

Slovenia – Russia 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 15-8)

Japan – Argentina 1-3 (32-30, 16-25, 18-25, 21-25)

Netherlands – Bulgaria, 3:20 p.m. CET

Australia – Italy, 4:30 p.m. CET

USA – Serbia, 6:00 p.m. CET

Canada – France, 7:30 p.m. CET

Poland – Brazil, 9 p.m. CET


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