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Bulgaria survive early scare against Japan to clinch win

Bulgaria libero Vladislav Ivanov receives as his side seal a solid win over Japan
Varna, Bulgaria, June 4, 2011 - Bulgaria survived an early scare from Japan as they bounced back to clinch a 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-20) win in Pool B of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League on Saturday in Varna.

Still far from their best shape and with three injured players Bulgaria managed to edge the win and kept alive their hopes of a Final Round spot.

The visitors caught Bugaria by surprise in the first set as opposite spiker Kunihiro Shimizu's left hand pushed the hosts to their limit as they picked up the first set.

Substitute Valentin Bratoev was key for Bulgaria in the second and third set as the wing spiker added some variation to his side's play and was almost unstoppable in attack. Captain Vladimir Nikolov and Matey Kaziyski added what they could for their team as they drew level.

Bulgaria were simply too powerful in the fourth as the Japanese defence wilted under the pressure while the hosts romped to victory.

The two sides will meet again on Sunday in Varna at 15:00 GMT.

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