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2017-08-01 07:30:00 CET

Five to watch on day five!

Halfway beckons, but which teams will secure their places in the last 32?

Agatha/Duda have been in breathtaking form so far on the Danube IslandAgatha/Duda have been in breathtaking form so far on the Danube Island

We’re rapidly approaching the halfway stage of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1, and the knockout paths are already starting to take shape.

But before we get there we have a treat of matches to come your way on the Danube Island, so here are our five you just cannot miss on day five in Vienna.
 

Who? Agatha/Duda v Meppelink/van Gestel

Where? Side Court 2

When? 10.30am CET

Why? One team defending their winning record and one bidding for the knockout stages, this clash on the side courts could be one to savor.

Defending champion Agatha will be keen to maintain her 100 per cent record alongside Duda, but with the Dutch duo bidding to avoid the lucky loser spot, they won’t have it all their own way.

Fancy another edge to this contest? Meppelink/van Gestel won an absolute thriller 30-28, 21-17 the last team these pairs met, back in the Fort Lauderdale Major in February.

 

Who? Larissa/Talita v Bieneck/Schneider

Where? Side Court 2

When? 12.30pm CET

Why? When the Brazilian top seeds are in town, only a fool would miss them in action.

Bidding for a third win of the tournament, Larissa/Talita take to the sand to face an exciting German duo in Bieneck/Schneider – a pair whose current qualification hopes hang very much in the balance.

The Germans are one from two so far but when it comes to entertainment they haven’t disappointed, already taking a third and fourth so far this season despite being a new team on the circuit.

Can the entertainers show their class when it matters most against the Brazilian powerhouses?

 

Who? Candra/Ashfiya v Ermacora/Pristauz

Where? Red Bull Beach Arena

When? 3.30pm CET

Why? One more chance – that’s what Austrian favorites Ermacora/Pristauz have if they want to stay in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1.

They may be winless so far, but they haven’t failed to light up Vienna – taking Canadian duo Pedlow/Schachter to three sets in a 56-minute epic.

Their bid to remain in the competition rests with how they fare against Indonesia’s Candra/Ashfiya, also winless, with one of them knowing this game will be their last.

But can the home crowd roar the Austrians to the line? A win could be enough to take them all the way to the knockout stages, or at the very least a lucky losers match.

Tuesday sees Doppler/Horst's last pool play game on the Red Bull Beach Arena before the knockout stages startTuesday sees Doppler/Horst's last pool play game on the Red Bull Beach Arena before the knockout stages start

Who? Evandro/Andre v Ontiveros/Virgen

Where? Red Bull Beach Arena

When? 4.30pm CET

Why? It took 51 minutes to separate these pairs at the Poreč Major, and if Evandro/Andre are expecting an easy ride, they have another thing coming.

A perfect record might have graced the Brazilians so far but, with a vast array of talent in the knockout stages, form and consistency will be very important.

As one of the more experienced teams in the Championships, Ontiveros/Virgen have been there and done it all when it comes to major tournaments, and the Mexicans will want to spoil the party in more ways than one.

 

Who? Doppler/Horst v Saxton/Schalk

Where? Red Bull Beach Arena

When? 6.45pm CET

Why? We couldn’t have five games to watch without including Austria’s favorite sons, right?

Tuesday’s last game sees Doppler/Horst take to the sand, and you can guarantee there won’t be a seat left in the Red Bull Beach Arena for this one.

They have two wins to their name but with opponents Saxton/Schalk themselves looking unbeatable, this could be a game to really get the heart racing between two teams separated by just one place in the rankings.

This quartet have history too, with the Austrian heroes leading their bumper head-to-head by five games to three, including a three-set heart-stopper in the Poreč Major semi-finals.

No better way to hit the World Championships’ halfway point! 

As if that wasn’t enough, Tuesday also sees the knockout stages get underway in the shape of four women’s lucky loser matches. The four highest-ranked third-place teams from the pool stages automatically qualify for the next stage, but the other eight will have to do battle once more.

Three of those games are at 5.30pm CET, while the last will follow on Side Court 3.

Watch all the games from day five of the world champs live on BeachStream!

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