2017-08-06 12:38:00 CET
Krasilnikov and Liamin were helpless to stop the Austrian charge
Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Nikita Liamin held their hands up to an impressive Austrian display after they missed out on making the final of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1.
The Russians had dropped just one set en route to the last four, but found themselves up against not only Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst, but also 10,000 Viennese fans on Red Bull Beach Arena.
That partisan crowd was worth its weight in gold for the home heroes, though Krasilnikov and Liamin were unable to match the form that had taken them to this stage.
They’ll now face Dutch wildcards Christiaan Varenhorst and Maarten van Garderen for a bronze medal this afternoon.
That was in part due to a frantic start from Doppler/Horst, racing into a three-point lead before their opponents had got on the board.
But the Russians battled back, taking the lead 25 points into the set, only for a Horst service ace to finally separate the two at 22-20.
The second started off more cagily, though again the Austrians were able to open up a three-point advantage, with Krasilnikov and Liamin this time unable to claw back the advantage to lose in straight sets.
“The form team today played very well, the Austrians played a good game,” said Liamin.
“We have one more match to go, we’ve got a little bit of time to relax before we play for bronze.”
You can watch the Dutch take on the Russians in the bronze medal match, live on BeachStream from 1.45pm CET. Click here to sign-up
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