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Joao Jose: "The third set was crucial since it gave us confidence."

Coaches Flavio Gulinelli and Gary Sato at the press conference held after the match

The third set proved to be pivotal in Portugal's 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 26-24, 25-15) victory over Japan.

Flavio Gulinelli [POR coach]: "We gained confidence with the victory in the third set and, in the fourth set, the quality of our sideout was already very good. We failed many services, but that is the tax that we have to pay if we want to win. And we knew that we had to play very well against Japan, which is a good team."

Joao Jose [POR captain]: "Japan is a very complicated team, since they make very few errors and their block/defense works very well. The third set was crucial since it gave us confidence and showed us what we have to do to secure the three points, which was our goal."

Kota Yamamura [JPN captain]: "We played very well in the second set, but we accused the pressure in the third one. Today, we learned many things and I believe that we are going to play better tomorrow."

Gary Sato [JPN coach]: "Congratulations to Portugal on their victory. They played very well and we didn’t. We are going to rest and prepare for tomorrow’s match. We have to make some adjustments, since I believe we can play much better."

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