Belgium achieved a historic success by qualifying for the semifinals of a men’s European Championship for the first time. Coach Vital Heynen’s squad mastered a 3-0 (25-21, 25-11, 25-23) victory over the 2015 bronze medallists Italy in the late Katowice quarterfinal at LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017. On Saturday in Krakow, Belgium will face Russia in an attempt to continue their fairy tale into Sunday’s final.
Germany secured a spot in the LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 semifinals by managing a 3-1 (25-22, 16-25, 25-23, 25-20) victory over the Czech Republic in the first of two quarterfinals, staged at the Spodek in Katowice on Thursday evening. The Germans overcame an inspired Czech performance and will be travelling to Krakow where, on Saturday, they will meet the winner of the Serbia vs. Bulgaria quarterfinal in a race for the gold medal match.