The “Azzurri” struggled against the current CEV European Championship silver medalists (deprived of help from Georg Grozer in Week 1) Germany only in the fourth set although they had a comfortable lead in it – 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20).
Ivan Zaytsev marked his comeback to Italy national team after two years with 20 points to become the best scorer of the match. Unlike his role in the Sir Safety Conad Perugia, in which he plays as an outside hitter, “The Zar” returned to playing as an opposite for the national team. Simon Hirsch top scored Germany with 13 points while Marcus Böhme added 4 kill blocks.
To see complete results, stats, and standings, visit our FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2018 / Male / Seniors page.