In the second match of the day, Spain achieved its second victory in CEV European League 2013, after beating Hungary 3:2 (21-17, 21-19, 19-21, 20-22 and 15-13). The Spaniards were able to overcome the disappointment of losing in the tie-breaker against Montenegro in the first match of the weekend and could bring a victory to the fans that filled up the tribunes of Palau DEsports Olimpics sports hall in Barcelona in yet another five-setter match. After two sets dominated by the locals, Hungary showed great spirit coming back in the game and forcing the tie-break. In the sudden death, Spain took use of the support of the local audience in order to close the set 15-13 and to obtain its second victory in the tournament.
“It was a hard-fought victory for us; we performed very well in the beginning of the match, controlling our rivals from either technical and tactical stand points but in the third set we allowed them to come back from behind, and ultimately the game had be solved in the tie-break”, said Spanish head coach, Fernando Muñoz, “we were able to improve our reception and serve and our consistency helped us win the fifth set.”
“I would like to stress how important it was for us today the fact that we never gave up, we always continued fighting. After the first two sets, we were able to recover in the subsequent periods, but in the fifth set Spain played more precise and that’s why we lost”, stressed the head coach of Hungary, György Demeter.
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