8: Throughout the years Dinamo Moscow has collected a perfect record against Greenyard MAASEIK : 8 victories in 8 games. In three consecutive Champions League editions (‘07-‘08-‘09) and in 2017, Moscow preserved this unbeaten status against the Belgians, especially with two hard fought tiebreak victories in Maaseik (‘09 and ‘17).
3: With its 2-3 victory on the 1st of March 2017, Dinamo Moscow was the last Russian team emerging victoriously from a regular game in the Steengoed Arena in Belgium. Since then, Maaseik beat 3 other Russian teams: 3-0 vs. Lokomotiv Novosibirsk in 2018, 3-2 vs. Zenit Kazan in 2019 and 3-0 vs. Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2021.
2: This is the second game in a European competition Greenyard Maaseik has to play in its Steengoed Arena without spectators, due to COVID measures. Last year the Belgian vice-champion made it tot he semi-finals of the CEV-cup after away tournaments in Amriswil (Swi) and Las Palmas (Spain). The first game went clearly in favor of Maaseik: 3-0 against Zenit Saint Petersburg. Yet in the Golden Set, the Russians denied Maaseik a spot in the finals after saving 4 match points.
Sokolov: For Tsvetan Sokolov, Greenyard MAASEIK is nothing new. He will make his 8th appearance against Greenyard Maaseik, his 4th in the Belgian home base. The Bulgarian did this with 4 different teams: Itas Diatec TRENTINO in 2014, Halkbank ANKARA in 2015, Zenit KAZAN in 2019 and Dinamo MOSCOW this year.
Likhosherstov: Next to Sokolov, Vadym Likhosherstov is the only player on the Dinamo roster who has already played in Maaseik, when both players were teammates in Kazan two years ago.
0: Since the last encounter between Maaseik and Dinamo, almost five years ago, both teams underwent a complete make-over. Not a single player of the 2017 teams is still present on the 2021 rosters.
Finland: The game has a special meaning for Dinamo’s libero Lauri Kerminen. In Maaseik he will battle it out with Maaseik’s headcoach Joel Banks, who is Kerminen’s boss in the national Finnish team.
Banks: Joel Banks started his career in Maaseik in 2016 as assistent-coach of Daniel CASTELLANI. He made his very first Champions League appearance in MOSCOW, against Dinamo.
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Dinamo MOSCOW's triple block stopping Lazar Cirovic
Martin Perin observing reception from Lazar Cirovic
MVP Yaroslav Podlesnykh
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Dinamo MOSCOW upset VC Greenyard MAASEIK
Facts and figures:
Bad luck for Greenyard MAASEIK - first setter Javad Karimisouchelmaei twisted his ankle after only 6 points of play. The Iranian, elected as best setter of the last Asian Championships, was sidelined for the rest of the game.
Although cruising to a comfortable 0-3 victory, Maaseik didn’t want to give up to Dinamo Moscow and pushed to the limits.
With Vadym Likhosherstov towering as high as 2m18, Dinamo Moscow presented a starting line with an average of 206 cm. After the early substitution of setter Javad by Liam McCluskey, Greenyard Maaseik saw its line-up reduced to an average of 1m98.
In set 3, local coach Joel Banks sent an extremely young squad on the court with McCluskey, Perin and Nikkinen, all 19 and Reggers, only 18. In this set, two more players on Maaseik’s side Thys (23) and Lomba (24) were younger than Anton Semyshev, the youngest player on Dinamo’s roster.
The total number of point scored in this game: 60 for the home side, 75 for the winners from Moscow.
Tsvetan Sokolov crowned himself topscorer of the game with 14 points, one more than his teammate Yaroslav Podlesnych, who was elected MVP of the game. On Maaseik’s side, Jolan Cox excelled with 8 points.
"We are really happy that we won today. It's a big step, because from game to game we grow up and every step is important in this process. We were focused on our game, because ahead of us many matches also in the Russian league and Russian Cup."
head coach of Dinamo MOSCOW
"I think that if you look at the game it's a logical result. I think we played a pretty good game. There were moments when we played well and moments when we played as well as they let us to play. So I think we gave our best, sometimes it was enough, another times we came up a little bit too short. 3-0 is a correct result. I'm not disappointed in the performance, but I hoped to play a little bit longer."
head coach of VC Greenyard MAASEIK
"It was not an easy win, it never is. We were well-prepared, we watched videos how they play two times. First set was a pretty tough we won 25-20, so it was definitely not easy game."
libero of Dinamo MOSCOW
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of VC Greenyard MAASEIK compared to Dinamo MOSCOW.
VC Greenyard MAASEIK number of service aces compared to Dinamo MOSCOW
Errors leading to points of VC Greenyard MAASEIK, next to those from Dinamo MOSCOW