The selection of the 2018 world Cup: Global ambitions proved to be a fiction


Sunday. Lyon. Sports Palace “Stade de Gerland”. Turkey – Ukraine – 3:0. In the attack Andrey LEVCHENKO. Photo: cev.lu

Group A

TURKEY – UKRAINE – 3:0 (25:16, 25:19, 25:20)

Turkey: koç – 8 points (6 attack, 1 serve, 1 block), Repasar – 4 (2+0+2), Hunger – 7 (6+0+1), Gunesh – 7 (4+2+1), Gulmezoglu – 11 (8+2+1), Gaches – 15 (14+0+1); Ashibulak (Libero), Channer (Libero), Unver.

Ukraine: Ryabukha – 2 (2+0+0), the old-timers – 1 (1+0+0), Carpenter – 10 (9+1+0), Semeniuk, Topchi – 5 (3+0+2), Kozmus; Fomin (Libero), Brova (Libero), Clamar – 2 (2+0+0), Kovalchuk, deacons – 2 (1+0+1), Devcon – 5 (5+0+0), Levchenko – 5 (2+0+3).

Playing time – 72 minutes (23+23+26).

Points: 75:55 (attack – 41:25, flow: 5:1, block – 7:6, the opponent’s mistakes – 22:23).

Positive reception – 68%:57%.

Judge: Ormond (Portugal), Koiv (Estonia).

May 28. Lyon. Sports Palace “Stade de Gerland”. 1580 spectators.

After the two initial “dry” on the parties debacle in matches with favourites Lyon group the Germans and the French global ambitions of the national team of Ukraine for the second time in their history to qualify for the final forum was the fiction.

And subsequent victory “under a zero” in sets over underdogs Azerbaijan and Iceland, well, isn’t that a little bit sweeten the bitterness of unfulfilled hopes. And now, in order to somehow brighten up the mood a minor, the trust of the new coach of our team stayed in the match of prestige for the third no-go place in the group after defeating the Turks, thereby finally slam the door. But, alas, did not they, and their rivals from the shores of the Bosphorus.

Unlike clubs in his country, swarming with Legionnaires, world-class, and largely thanks to what walking in the European Cup winners, the Turkish national team under the flag with the picture of the Crescent and five-pointed star, pardon the tautology, some stars in the sky are not enough. But the fact that homegrown volleyball players adept in skill, going to playgrounds, together with foreign experts, they have amply demonstrated in the match with our team. However, in this it was helped considerably by their opponents, most of which resembled their pale shadows.

Yes, our team the game obviously did not go well. Error was enough. So, the main weapon – filing, which usually bet, in spite of these risky initial strikes only worked on one ACE Oleg Carpenter that the Turks responded with five. Also much lost in our reception, and efficient attacks (25:41). In the last element of a 50 per cent result was achieved by diagonally Vladimir Tewson (5 hits out of 10 strikes) and middle blocker Konstantin Ryabukha (2 of 4), 43% – Carpentry (9 of 21).

Rivals, for example, “first pace” Mustafa koç had increased 86% (6 of 7) and most productive in the match, the outside hitter gökhan Gaches – 67% (14 of 21). It should be noted that the scoring of the quality of diagonalising Yigit Gulmezoglu, and confidently holding the reception Libero Hasan Esenbuga, and, of course, are clearly conducting the ensemble binder Murat Inyazura.

Debut launch party turned out to be disastrous for our national team – 1:7. To the second technical time out the gap increased to nine points (7:16) and it eventually remained intact.

In the next set, it seemed that the Ukrainians took the initiative. At least to the first minute intermission they led 8:5, in the middle of the party – 15:12. And then there was one chetyrehluchevoy failure (15:16), and after 16:16, the second (16:20), and said another fiasco.

And in the third set, trailing 5:8, our team managed to get close to the opponent (11:12). But now patiencely stagnation led to the numbers on the scoreboard, “11:17”. And although for the first time in the match managed to of the party to reach the 20-point milestone, this is definitely some kind of appeasement to no avail.

So, the next global campaign of our men’s team did not bring either her or all of us pleasant sensations. Hopefully, she somehow define this setback as its debut in the Euroleague, where in the first round of the June battles its opponents in the group will be In Israel, Denmark and Hungary. The first round will be held on 9-11 April in Ivano-Frankivsk and the second 16-18 in Hungarian Nyíregyháza.

Vladimir KAZIMIROV, Sport-Express in Ukraine

Azerbaijan – Iceland – 3:0 (25:16, 25:17, 25:20), game time – 71 min. France – Germany – 3:0 (25:22, 25:20, 25:20), 78 minutes.

The final table

IN (TB) P (TB)/N

1. France 5 5 (0) 0 (0) 15:0 15

2. Germany 5 4 (0) 1 (0) 12:3 12

3. Turkey 5 3 (0) 2 (0) 9:6 9

4. UKRAINE 5 2 (0) 3 (0) 6:9 6

5. Azerbaijan 5 1 (0) 4 (0) 3:12 3

6. Iceland 5 0 (0) 5 (0) 0:15 0

Group (in Dutch). Moldova – Austria – 3:1 (22:25, 31:29, 25:22, 26:24), 117 minutes. Holland – Slovakia – 3:2 (25:27, 26:24, 22:25, 25:16, 15:9), 141 minute. Greece – Luxembourg – 3:0 (25:19, 25:23, 25:21), 82 minutes.

The final table

IN (TB) P (TB)/N

1. Holland 5 5 (2) 0 (0) 15:5 13

2. Slovakia 5 3 (1) 2 (1) 12:8 9

3. Greece 5 3 (1) 2 (1) 11:9 9

4. Austria 5 2 (0) 3 (2) 11:10 8

5. Moldova 5 2 (1) 3 (0) 7:12 5

6. Luxembourg 5 0 (0) 5 (1) 3:15 1

Group (in Slovenia). Israel – Georgia – 3:0 (25:13, 25:22, 25:19), 67 minutes. Slovenia – Belgium – 3:1 (28:30, 26:24, 27:25, 25:20), 126 minutes. Portugal – Latvia – 3:1 (26:24, 23:25, 26:24, 25:17), 113 minutes.

The final table

IN (TB) P (TB)/N

1. Slovenia 5 5 (0) 0 (0) 15:1 15

2. Belgium 5 4 (0) 1 (0) 13:3 12

3. Portugal 5 3 (0) 2 (0) 9:8 9

4. Israel 5 2 (1) 3 (0) 7:11 5

5. Latvia 5 1 (0) 4 (1) 6:12 4

6. Georgia 5 0 (0) 5 (0) 0:15 0

Group D (in Estonia). Romania – Hungary – 3:0 (25:19, 26:24, 27:25), 87 minutes. Montenegro – Kosovo – 3:0 (25:15, 25:9, 25:15), 58 minutes. Russia – Estonia – 3:1 (21:25, 25:21, 25:18, 25:14), 116 minutes.

The final table

IN (TB) P (TB)/N

1. Russia 5 5 (0) 0 (0) 15:1 15

2. Estonia 5 4 (0) 1 (0) 13:5 12

3. Romania 5 3 (0) 2 (0) 10:8 9

4. Montenegro 5 2 (1) 3 (0) 7:11 5

5. Hungary 5 1 (0) 4 (1) 6:12 4

6. Kosovo 5 0 (0) 5 (0) 1:15 0

Group E (in Croatia). Switzerland – Norway – 3:2 (24:26, 25:21, 20:25, 25:23, 15:10), 130 minutes. Serbia – Croatia – 3:0 (25:23, 25:16, 25:21), 79 minutes. Belarus – Denmark – 3:1 (25:23, 25:23, 19:25, 25:23), 109 minutes.

The final table

IN (TB) P (TB)/N

1. Serbia 5 5 (0) 0 (0) 15:0 15

2. Belarus 5 4 (1) 1 (0) 12:8 11

3. Switzerland 5 3 (1) 2 (1) 11:10 9

4. Denmark 5 2 (1) 3 (0) 8:12 5

5. Croatia 5 1 (0) 4 (1) 7:13 4

6. Norway 5 0 (0) 5 (1) 5:15 1

Group F (in Czech). Sweden – Cyprus – 3:2 (19:25, 25:27, 27:25, 25:21, 15:13), 125 minutes. Spain – Northern Ireland – 3:0 (25:15, 25:20, 25:12), 62 minutes. Finland – Czech Republic – 3:1 (25:23, 25:14, 23:25, 25:14), 105 minutes.

The final table

IN (TB) P (TB)/N

1. Finland 5 5 (0) 0 (0) 15:2 15

2. Spain 5 4 (2) 1 (0) 13:7 10

3. Czech Republic 5 3 (0) 2 (1) 12:6 10

4. Sweden 5 2 (1) 3 (1) 8:11 6

5. Cyprus 5 1 (0) 4 (1) 5:12 4

6. SEV.Ireland 5 0 (0) 5 (0) 0:15 0

The group winners reached the final tournament of the 2018 world Cup, runners-up will play additional tournament July 18-23.

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