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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Bulgaria beat Tunisia 3-1 (21-25, 33-31, 25-12, 25-15) - duration 1:40
30-Sep, start time: 20:40, end time: 22:20 - Attendance: 1,405
Bulgaria takes step to second round
Bulgaria defeated Tunisia on the second match day of the 2002 Men's World Championship and is co-leader of Pool C together with France. On Tuesday Bulgaria will play against France, while Tunisia, with not so much chance to be classified for the second round, faces Russia.
In the first set, Bulgaria reached the first technical time out just one point ahead of Tunisia, but thanks to three attacks of Tunisian Marouan Fehri. His team improved and took the lead at 16-13. The advantage became bigger and with five successful attacks of Marouan Fehri, Tunisia won the first set with four points difference.
The second set started just like the first one. Tunisia kept his good performance in attack, but Bulgarian's excellent reception of Daniel Peev helped to maintain the score even. Tunisia didn't take advantage of the seven points of Khaled Belaid and with seven attack of Vladimir Nikolov, Bulgaria won the second set in a very close definition. Even the three set points Tunisia had couldn't bring the Africans the set.
In the third set Bulgaria took a five points difference at the first technical time outm because the Bulgarians were finally more concentrated and made less unforced errors. Bulgaria stayed in the lead and the team coached by Assen Galabinov made a bigger gap. With four attacks and two aces of Vladimir Nikolov, the Europeans won the set easily.
In the last set Bulgaria knew how to defeat the African opponent. The 100% reception of Plamen Konstantinov against the 45% in the Tunisian side made easy for the Bulgarians to win the set
"The first match against Russia was complicated, but we played very good. In this one Tunisia was an easy rival. We had complications in the first set, but then we were more concentrated", Nikolay Ivanov, said.
Vladimir Nikolov was the best scorer of the match with 20 points, followed by Tunisian Marouan Fehri (18 points).
/ajm