The Maccabi Tel Aviv volleyball team tonight (between Wednesday and Thursday) established the best achievement ever for the sport, when it advanced to the finals of the Challenge Cup - the third most important event, after a victory over Ponte in the Portuguese Estrada.
The yellows, came to the meeting with a 1:3 advantage in their pockets from the home game a week ago, when they knew that only two sets in their favor, would be enough for them to advance to the battle for the title.
Despite the loss in the first set, Gal Galili's apprentices quickly recovered in the next two sets, to bring the huge victory with 3:2 (25:18, 23:25, 22:25, 25:23, 15:10).
Maccabi Tel Aviv players, photo: Rinat Vardi, Maccabi Tel Aviv
Now, Maccabi Tel Aviv is waiting to see who will be its next opponent, which will come after the meeting between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, when the latter won 1:3 in the first meeting - but the return match was postponed for a day due to violent clashes between the police and the fans.
According to the plan established by the European Union, the finals are scheduled for March 8 and 15, and the dates will be finalized in the coming days.
"It's amazing," said the winning coach at the end.
"We are happy, it was a very difficult game, in a very difficult place. We entered it gradually and scratched point by point, now we are already thinking about the final when we have tasks in Israel with the cup. With this team everything is possible."
Captain Gennady Sokolov said: "It was a very difficult game, we started very weak, but as always we showed character and managed to win in the end, the team is very connected and every player knows how to excel at the moment of truth. In the final, the whole crowd will come, so that we will beat whoever comes against us."
An important victory, photo: Rinat Vardi, Maccabi Tel Aviv
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