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men s Olympic Games 2004 - Press Conference

Press conference

Russia beat Italy 3-2 (25-16, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13) - duration 2:00
23-Aug, start time: 11:15, end time: 13:15 - Attendance: 4'134
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Serguey TETYUKHIN (RUS) - wing spiker

"It was a great match; very tough. Both teams could have won today. Today was our last chance to show ourselves what we are worth. I am happy about our victory and wish the best for every team in the next phase."

Andrea SARTORETTI (ITA) - wing spiker

"It was a good match. The Russian team had very good service and that is why they won the match. In the first set, we were not good enough. In the following sets we played better but lost the fifth set with a small difference."

Gennady SHIPULIN (RUS) - head coach

"I had prepared my players for this match very well. Mentally it was a very tough match. Fortunately, in the end we managed to win the last set and the match."

Gianpaolo MONTALI (ITA) - head coach

"In the beginning, we did not have a good approach to the match. When we reached point zero, as we perceive it, when we had no other choices but to play good, we started playing better. We were very close."

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