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CL M: SUPERIORITY – Zenit outplay Halkbank without Mikhailov and León!

by WoV
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Both clash of giants in previous two weeks had the same outcome – Zenit Kazan are simply mile ahead of Halkbank Ankara by the quality, even without Maksim Mikhailov and Cuban Wilfredo León!

Halkbank - Zenit

Halkbank – Zenit

Russian and European title holders left only one set in Turkish capital in Round 4 of the CEV Champions League – Pool D 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-14).

In the atmosphere of high tensions that was created before the match due to cooling of political relations between Russia and Turkey, Halkbank managed better and opened the match perfectly.

But, Zenit set themsleves free from the pressure and it was especially visible in the fourth set. Eventually, they took all three points to secure top spot in the pool and straight qualification into playoffs.

Since Zenit’s coach Vladimir Alekno decided to rest Mikhailov and León (as WoV published before the match) and send American Matt Anderson on the court only as substitute, Viktor Poletaev (16 pts.) and Aleksandr Gutsalyuk (15) stood out.

The Dutch Dick Kooy scored 13 points, while Kévin Le Roux added 11 in Halkbank.

 

League Round / Pool D

Game Date/Time Teams Set Result per set Stats Videos
4th leg 16. 12. 2015 19:00 Halkbank ANKARA VS Zenit KAZAN 1:3 25:21; 23:25; 21:25; 14:25    
4th leg 17. 12. 2015 18:00 Budvanska Rivijera BUDVA VS Hypo Tirol Volleyballteam INNSBRUCK 0:0      

League Round / Pool C

Game Date/Time Teams Set Result per set Stats Videos
4th leg 16. 12. 2015 19:00 P.A.O.K. Thessaloniki VS Noliko MAASEIK 3:1 25:21; 21:25; 25:21; 25:19    
4th leg 16. 12. 2015 20:30 TOURS Volley-Ball VS Diatec TRENTINO 0:0      

 

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