Poland won 3:2 over group leaders Argentina to book themselves a place in the FIVB World League semifinals for only the third time thanks to a second place finish in Pool E
In semifinals Poland take on Russia and Argentina play defending champions Brazil. The finals will be held on Sunday.
Thanks to Bulgaria’s surprise straight sets win over Italy earlier in the day, Poland needed to beat the previously unbeaten Argentina by 3-0 or 3-1 and in the end proved too quick, efficient and pumped up for an Argentine side who had been on a roll of 11 wins in 14 games and who tried everything possible to overcome Poland’s feverish fans. Best player was Bartosz Kurek, who made 29 points.
“It was a very difficult match for us because we knew if we lost we go home. It was very important, especially because we still had a chance to get to the semifinals,” Poland captain Piotr Gruszka, who returned from injury after six months away to play in the Finals, said. “[Bulgaria’s win] was a gift for us for sure, we had one more chance of qualification so all I can say is ‘thank you Bulgaria’. This is sport, this is volleyball, I’m very happy we play the final at home and very happy we are playing in the semifinals against Russia, we want to play, we have to work, we’ll see tomorrow.”