The Netherlands and Azerbaijan dueled in a 3-2 war, while Serbia had no trouble beating Turkey 3-0.
Turkey upsets current champions Russia. Azerbaijan continues its perfect run.
Italy, Azerbaijan, Serbia, and Russia win trip straight to quarterfinals. Meanwhile, their opponents will be determined from a simple playoff system that will feature the remaining teams. Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary, and Georgia are already eliminated.
Title favorites dominate play. Meanwhile, Georgia, Hungary, and Belgium are the first squads eliminated.