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Germany seal epic win over Bulgaria

Germany´s Jochen Schöps was the best scorer for the hosts
Bremen, Germany, June 18th, 2011 – Germany kept their hopes of a FIVB Volleyball World League Final Round alive on Saturday in Bremen as they recorded a 3-2 (25-18, 25-21, 18-25, 18-25, 15-13) win over Bulgaria in a thrilling match.

Jochen Schöps topped the scores for the hosts with 20 as Bulgaria’s Tsvetan Sokolov claimed 33 points for Bulgaria despite their loss.
Germany put pressure on the Bulgaria reception in the first set thanks to a a mixture of powerful jump serves and jump floats. Valentin Bratoev then sprained his foot dealing the visitors a new problem as Germany romped to a first set win.
Teodor Todorov gave Bulgaria an early lead in the second but Germany counterattacked with three blocks from setter Patrick Steuerwald. Bulgaria tried to come back in the middle of the set but the damage was already done as Germany sprinted to a 2-0 lead.
Germany started the third well but it was Bulgarians Andrey Zhekov and Sokolov, who served with a lot of power, to take their side into the lead. Despite a number of substitutions by coach Raul Lozano Germany slipped further behind before a serving error saw Bulgaria strive back into contention as they won the set.
The fourth set started without any break but powerful serving from Bulgaria saw them take a lead that they refused to relinquish throughout through a number of vicious attacks to draw the scores level.
The decisive set started in an equal manner with each point fought hard. After a good serve from captain Robert Kromm Germany obtained the decisive break before a successful block against Bulgaria’s top scorer Sokolov helped them seal the win.

The two teams clash again at 16:00 GMT on Sunday.


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