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Men's Euro Volley: Serbia beat France, advance to final

Serbia's Marko Podrascanin, second left, jubilates with teammates after they won the men's European Volleyball Championship semi final match between Serbia and France at the the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Photo by AP)

Serbia have booked their ticket to the final showdown of the men's European Volleyball Championship after defeating their hosts France in a 5-set thriller. 

France, who were enjoying the support of their home fans in Paris, managed to claim the opening set 25-23 but the Serbs came up with a great block system in the second to pay France with the same coin and tie the match at 1-all.

The 3rd set was the climax of the match with Serbia cruising to a 25-21 win, nevertheless, France regrouped in the 4th and responded with a 25-17 victory to restore parity once again.

In the tiebreak, Serbia got off to a five-nothing lead and went all the way to beat France 15-7 and qualify for the final round.

France will next face Poland on Saturday in the bronze medal match, while Serbia and Slovenia will fight for gold on Sunday. 

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