Ukraine surprises the Netherlands in the round of 16 of the World Cup

First surprise of the round of 16 of the World Championship, this Monday in Ljubljana (Slovenia): Ukraine eliminated the Netherlands 3-0 in just over an hour. The Ukrainians meet in Slovenia on Wednesday at 9 p.m., still in the Stozice of Ljubljana.

Ukraine raced in the lead throughout the first set (25-16), taking advantage of the opponent’s feverishness (11 faults) and the poor form of Nimir (1/3 in attack, 3 errors in service, 10 points only in total). The Netherlands led the next set better, but let their opponent slip away after leading 14-13 (14-17, 19-25). The scenario of the first round was repeated in the third, entirely dominated by Ukraine (25-18), implacable in the block (12, including 6 in the second set).

Ukraine, for its second appearance in the World Championship, called this time thanks to its world ranking to replace Russia, is already doing better than in 1998, when it finished in 10th place.

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