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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Argentina beat Bulgaria 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 25-19) - duration 1:40
05-Oct, start time: 21:10, end time: 22:50 - Attendance: 10,250
Argentina reaches quarterfinal stage after fifth straight victory
Argentina defeated Bulgaria in an emotional second round match and took its fifth consecutive win during the 2002 Men's World Championship. With this triumph, the host is already qualified to the quarterfinals. On Sunday, Argentina will play against Italy to determine which team will be ranked first in this pool. Bulgaria without any chances to get qualified the next round will face Japan.
"Ole, ole, ola, Argentina," was going through Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires for minutes on Saturday when Argentina reached the next round of the event.
Thanks to three service points of Jerónimo Bidegain, Argentina could reach the second technical time out in the first set up with a six point gap (16-10). The good performance of the local team continued and Argentina ended up winning the set 25-20 with seven points Jerónimo Bidegain.
The Bulgarians made a lot of imprecision in their game and the team coached by Carlos Getzelevich took advantage of it. But then, with five points of Hristo Tzvetanov, a 94% in reception and five unforced errors of the locals, the Europeans took over the lead in the set and ended up winning it (25-22).
In the third set, Argentina improved in reception (100%) and that contributed to their attack. Spiker Marcos Milinkovic, with three aces and five attacks was the man in charge in this set. With 11 points difference, Argentina won the set (25-14).
The fourth set began equal (8-7). And it stayed the same until the 20-17, with five points of Argentine Jorge Elgueta. But from that moment, Argentina became better in every aspect of the game. An ace of Marcos Milinkovic brought Argentina the victory and that was the sign for the more than 10,000 fans to start their celebration.
Marcos Milinkovic was the best scorer with 23 points, followed by Jerónimo Bidegain (18 points).
/ajm