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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Japan beat Bulgaria 3-2 (25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 17-15) - duration 2:02
06-Oct, start time: 17:40, end time: 19:42 - Attendance: 3,970
Japan leaves World Championship with a triumph over Bulgaria
After defeating the already eliminated Bulgaria in five sets, Japan won his second match of the 2002 Men's World Championship. The amazing Asians finish at a ninth, while Bulgaria is classified as number 13.
Japan had a better start at the beginning of the first set. The good defense performance in the defense of the Japanese libero Katsutoshi Tsumagari helped the team to get a three points lead. With five points of Takahiro Yamamoto, the Asians maintained the advantage and won the set easily (25-19).
Despite the improvement in reception of Bulgaria (100%), Japan had a one point lead at the first technical time out one point up. The advantage grew bigger for the Orientals due to four blocks and the low attack effectiveness of the Bulgarian (45%). The five attacks of Bulgarian Vladimir Nikolov equaled the score but it was not enough and Japan closed the second set 25-23.
In the third set, Bulgaria took the lead for the first time in this match. Thanks to four blocks and 90% in reception, Japan bounced back. But Bulgaria paid back and with five block and six points of Hristo Tsvetanov, the Europeans won the third set.
In the fourth set the score stayed equaled until 8-9. Then Bulgaria obtained a five point advantage 16-11. The difference extended in spite of the seven attacks of Takahiro Yamamoto and with five attacks of Vladimir Nikolov, Bulgaria forced a tiebreaker.
In the fifth set, Bulgaria immediately took the lead (8-5). Japan equaled the match at 11-11 and from there the score stayed even, but with eight points of Takahiro Yamamoto in the fifth set the team coached by Mikiyasu Tanaka finally won the match.
Takahiro Yamamoto was the scorer of the match with 28 points, followed by Bulgarian Vladimir Nikolov (21)
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