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Facundo Conte guides Argentina into the last four

Argentina's Facundo Conte is unstoppable with almost 75 per cent spike efficiency

Gdansk, Poland, July 7, 2011 – Argentina beat Bulgaria in straight sets (25-17, 25-22 and 25-22) and booked themselves a spot in semifinals of FIVB 2011 World League Final Round in Gdansk in Poland.

Facundo Conte from Argentina was the best scorer with 19 points, while Bulgaria's Tsvetan Sokolov scored 14.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World League
Live Scoring/Results
Final Round - Poland July 6-10

Argentina went into their clash with Bulgaria knowing they were tantalisingly close to a semifinal berth. After their unexpected victory over Italy, the South Americans were expecting to win, even though they had never beaten their opponents in eight attempts in the World League. The beginning of the match was very close as neither team gained advantage (8-7 for Argentina at the first technical timeout). But Argentina took advantage straight after resumption and jumped into a 14-11 lead. That set the pattern for the rest of the game. Bulgaria never recovered and even though they chased the Argentines trying to catch up on the score, they eventually went down losing the set 25-17. By now Argentina's Facundo Conte was beginning to shine as he showed imperious form. The 21 year old showed his dominance scoring 9 points. Conte displayed the form that he has been showing in his previous games, he was one of the top scorers of the Pool Round.

The second set had a familiar pattern to it. Argentina took the lead from the first ball of the and did not let up. Once again Conte proved to be the inspiration for his side. The key moment came when Argentina were 8-5 ahead and won the next point despite some spectacular Bulgarian digs from under the referees' table. Then when Bulgaria's Matey Kaziyski defeated a second set ball for Argentina with an ace, coach Javier Weber shrewdly called a timeout to distract the Bulgarian receiver. It worked and Argentina won the set 25-22. 

Set three started with a surprising advantage on the Bulgarian side (8-5). It was a brief moment of superiority for the Europeans. Argentina quickly leveled the score and play continued on a point-by-point basis - until Argentina took the lead again at 16-14. From that moment it was just the matter of time before they won (25-22). In one moment they finally shed the hold that Bulgaria has had on them in the World League and secured a place in the last four. 


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