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Champions League Men - 23 Jan 2015

Orenburg first MECL semi-finalist


Twice in a week Fakel Gazproma Orenburg defeated Saarbrucken 3:0, this time at home.  Russian champion became a first semi-finalist of 2014/15 Men’s European Champions League. Alexey SMIRNOV beat Tiago APOLONIA in four games of the first match. Dimitrij O

Twice in a week Fakel Gazproma Orenburg defeated Saarbrucken 3:0, this time at home.  Russian champion became a first semi-finalist of 2014/15 Men’s European Champions League.

Alexey SMIRNOV beat Tiago APOLONIA in four games of the first match. Dimitrij OVTCHAROV lost opening set from Adrien MATTENET, but reached next three in a row to provide 2:0 lead for the host.

Vladimir SAMSONOV met Slobodan GRUJIC in the latest encounter, but as it could expected, Saarbrucken`s Coach is not in the shape in which used to be when he was a player. In his best days, GRUJIC was able to beat great Byelorussian, as he did it in straight games playing the 2004/2005 MECL final. That victory helped a lot Gonnern to beat Charleroi and reach the title.

Fakel Gazproma Orenburg – Saarbrucken 3:0
Alexey SMIRNOV – Tiago APOLONIA 3:1 (9:11, 11:9, 11:3, 12:10)
Dimitrij OVTCHAROV – Adrien METTENET 3:1 (8:11, 12:10, 11:3, 12:10)
Vladimir SAMSONOV – Slobodan GRUJIC 3:0 (11:2, 11:0, 11:0)

Alex MILETIC, EWT

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