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Russia kept the hope alive beating Bulgaria 3:0
Russia kept its
chances for place in the finals alive defeating Bulgaria 3:0 (25:21,
29:27, 26:24) in front of magnificient 7000 crowd in Varna. In an equal
match guests managed to keep their confidence in the important moments
at the end of the sets. Enormous light show three teams of dancers and
many more surprised cheered the public and the VIP guests in the Palace
of culture and sports. Daniele Bagnoli was celebrating a victory in
italian coaches battle against Bulgaria's Silvano Prandi.
Russia - triumphing but still not sure for the Finals
It was very close match except the first set, when Bulgaria easily lost
a 6 point differense at 12:6 letting the Russians to make it 13:12 in
their favour. This has broken the hosts and they gave up the set with
not much of a fight.
The match marked Bulgaria's captain Plamen Konstantinov return and very
high hopes of 'concrete' reception. However it was not 35 years old
wing attacker's day. Another veteran and captain - 34 years old
Tetyukhin had his glorious moment getting listed in all elements
statistic. Exactly Russia's captain was the main reason his teammates
to be calm and steady at the end of the second set. It was hearbreaking
ending won by olympic bronze medalist by an inch.
To keep their chances alive. Bagnoli's boys had to win it clear and
they never lost that opportunity. However Bulgaria gave them both hard
time and smiles running equal untill the very end of the third set but
make several mistakes at the most important moment - the end of the match.