Tuesday, 19 June 2018
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Another triumph for Bulgaria or a surprise from the Netherlands?

Last match's VIPs (left to right) BVF board member Ivan Todorov, Palace of Culture and Sports CEO Simeon Varchev, President Parvanov, BVF President Mr. Dancho Lazarov, Sports Minister Svilen Neikov, ministry clerk, legend Luboslav Ganev and his spouse

After smashing hosts with an almost humiliating result, Bulgaria now expect a strong reaction from their opponents in this weekend's second match.

'We need to work all night before the match to be prepared. I know that it was not the Netherlands we know on Saturday, so we must be cautious', Bulgaria's coach Silvano Prandi said.

Vladimir Nikolov has fully recovered and could play today, which is likely to be Prandi's secret weapon. Bulgaria's captain has been suffering from a renewed shoulder injury and just played a couple of minutes in the last three matches. Even though Tsvetan Sokolov is replacing him with brio, being even amongst the competition's best spikers, the opposite spiker should be on the court on Sunday.

For the Netherlands, this second match is a matter of honour. They need to prove that the loss of the first match's first set 25:9 was only an accident. 'This was not our team. Unfrtunately we met a strong opponent, but we must get back on the truck and make what we can do best - surprise', Dutch head coach Peter Blange said.

Many VIPs are expected to attend the match, including the President of the Republic Mr. Georgi Parvanov as well as Minister of Sport Mr. Svilen Neikov


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