Baku, September 22, AZERTAC
Russia started their quest for a third straight European title in the best way – as the team captained by Ekaterina Kosianenko Pankova rallied to a hard-fought 3-2 victory (25-18, 20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-13) in the matchup with their neighbours from Ukraine. The 2013 and 2015 European champions had to work hard for their first victory in Baku as Ukraine put up a real fight – and the third set could have gone either way.
Russia now expect another tough test in their next match in Pool C where they will take on Turkey, another potential contender for the medals that will be at stake on October 1.
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