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We still believe - Silva

Portugal coach Hugo Silva was his side has now put pressure on the Netherlands

Povoa de Varzim, Portugal, July 5, 2014 - Portugal's focus is now on Sunday's must win match against Korea according to Portugal coach Hugo Silva and top scorer Alex Ferreira as the Europeans entertain thoughts of qualifiyng for the FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 Group 2 Finals.

Portugal coach Hugo Silva: We played a good match. It was difficult because we knew about the Netherlands win, but what matters is that we’ve accomplished our mission: we secured second place in the pool and replied in the best possible way to the Netherlands' win creating the most pressure we could. In what concerns our team, the dream leads life. From the middle of the competition we started to dream about first place and we still believe it’s possible. As a Portuguese poet said “dream leads life”... by winning today, we created pressure over the Netherlands. Tomorrow it will be a new match, but we will do everything to score again the three points.

Match top scorer with 18 points Alex Ferreira; Our dream is still alive. We never give up and we’ll continue to fight for first place. The match went very well for us; we were able to control the match almost from start to finish. We overcome Korea’s block and our sideout was very good. We played together as a true team, and won fairly.

Korea coach Kiwon Park: We’ve made many errors which isn’t usual and that has to be rectified. We made many errors. I believe that we’ve never served so badly. Tomorrow we will have to show another attitude and fight for the victory.

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