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Bulgaria brush off talk over captain Konstantinov after victory

Bulgaria celebrate

Bulgaria Captain Andrey Zhekov: "We won a very important and nervous match. I believe our service and block were the keys to win."

(About the absence of Plamen Kostantinov): "I would prefer not to comment this situation."

Bulgaria Head Coach Martin Stoev: "Before commenting on the match, let us not force comments about the situation of Konstantinov. We're not doctors, nor specialists. Now we're forced to use a tactic that I never thought to use, with only (Matey) Kaziyski, and we played with two opposites. We are in very difficult situation but I congratulate my players: they gave their maximum, especially libero (Teodor) Salparov, passing almost alone. About our injured players, (Todor) Aleksiev is going better, I hope he will be in top form. (Kostadin) Stoykov has a back injury, very serious, he cannot even stand without feeling an ache."

Japan captain Masaji Ogino: "We lost some opportunities in the first set, that's why we lost the match. In the first set our attacks were bad while our opponent's were very efficient."

Japan Head Coach Tatsuya Ueta: "As our captain just said, we lost the entire match losing the lead in the first set. Also we suffered aces in the last set. Our team was not at the same level."