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CL M: European champs on their knees – Skra break 28-game winning streak of Zenit!

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source: Stats cev.lu; Photo: twitter.com/_SkraBelchatow_

Polish PGE Skra Bełchatów caused ENORMOUS upset in the first leg of the CEV Champions League Playoffs 6 by defeating reigning European champions, Zenit Kazan on road 3-2 (23-25, 21-25, 25-23, 27-25, 18-16)! Thus, Skra broke 28-game winning streak of Zenit in all competitions and 12-game winning streak in the Champions League!




Skra were lost in first two sets succumbing to powerful attacking potential of Wifredo León (31 points) and Matthew Anderson and blocking performance of Aleksandr Gutsalyuk.

Set 3 also went into favor of Russian giants, who had 10-6 and open way to straight-set victory. But, then Facundo Conte (21 points) and Mariusz Wlazły re-installed sighting devices for full turnaround despite dropping 15-12 in Set 4.

Tie-break was point for point play in which neither team gained more than a one-point lead. How intense the game was shows the fact that even Vladimir Alekno, the coach of Zenit, known by his coolness, showed highly visible signs of nervousness.

Second leg is scheduled for March 24 in Lodz.

PLAYOFFS PHASE – 213 / PLAYOFFS 6 – 325 / –

article game date/time Teams set result per set article stats article videos
Home Matches 16. 03. 2016 19:30 Zenit KAZAN vs PGE Skra BELCHATOW 2:3 25:23; 25:21; 23:25; 25:27; 16:18    
Home Matches 17. 03. 2016 20:30 Diatec TRENTINO vs Belogorie BELGOROD Lokomotiv BELOGOROD 0:0      
Home Matches 17. 03. 2016 20:30 Cucine Lube Banca Marche CIVITANOVA vs Halkbank ANKARA 0:0      
Away Matches 22. 03. 2016 19:00 Belogorie BELGOROD Lokomotiv BELOGOROD vs Diatec TRENTINO 0:0      
Away Matches 23. 03. 2016 17:30 Halkbank ANKARA vs Cucine Lube Banca Marche CIVITANOVA 0:0      
Away Matches 24. 03. 2016 18:00 PGE Skra BELCHATOW vs Zenit KAZAN 0:0      


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