Volleyball: Euro 16 eliminated, Blues top down

On Monday, September 13, France was beaten 3-0 by the Czech Republic in the Euro 16 to claim the Olympic title.

The French volleyball player, who was crowned Olympic champion in Tokyo a month ago, was eliminated 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 34-32) by the Czech team in the Euro 2021 round of 16 on Monday night in Ostra. send.

It was a huge disappointment for Benjamin Toniti’s teammates, who are targeting the last four games of this European Championship and are unbeaten in five matches after the first round.

As a result, Earvin Ngapeth’s band experienced the same disappointment as in 2017, when they were released by the same Czech Republic in Katowice, Poland, on the same stage before the European Championship quarter-finals.

fell into the trap

New coach Bernardinho’s first major has ended prematurely, even as the Brazilian realises the sequence of 30-plus matches in 16 weeks will be complicated for the Blues, especially at the coronation Olympics after.

One of France’s centre-forwards, Nicolas Legov, issued a warning on the eve of the round of 16: the need to prevent the Czechs from gaining confidence in the Ostrava Stadium and its 4,000 spectators. The Blues fell into a trap, pressured from the outset by Jan Garabov’s serve and a Czech block. Leading 18-11, the Olympic champions re-contacted but went too far to avoid losing the first set when an attack was blocked by Jean Patry.

Two set points in the third section

The start of the second set was more inconclusive, but the French continued to suffer from the Czech Republic’s physical strength, especially sharp southpaw Jan Hadrava. And the beginning of the wind of defiance observed in the middle of the first set ended up being just a breeze.

At the start of the third set, Irving Ngapez started to speak for Barthelemy Chinnieze’s counter-attack, but even though the Blues seemed to have taken the measure of their opponents (11-8), they kept the Czech back on track. back to the game. They failed to convert two sets (24-22) and had to give up a set without winning after saving seven match points.

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