Friday, 14 May 2021
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Russia kept the hope alive beating Bulgaria 3:0

Russia - triumphing but still not sure for the Finals
  Russia kept its chances for place in the finals alive defeating Bulgaria 3:0 (25:21, 29:27, 26:24) in front of magnificient 7000 crowd in Varna. In an equal match guests managed to keep their confidence in the important moments at the end of the sets. Enormous light show three teams of dancers and many more surprised cheered the public and the VIP guests in the Palace of culture and sports. Daniele Bagnoli was celebrating a victory in italian coaches battle against Bulgaria's Silvano Prandi.
It was very close match except the first set, when Bulgaria easily lost a 6 point differense at 12:6 letting the Russians to make it 13:12 in their favour. This has broken the hosts and they gave up the set with not much of a fight.
The match marked Bulgaria's captain Plamen Konstantinov return and very high hopes of 'concrete' reception. However it was not 35 years old wing attacker's day. Another veteran and captain - 34 years old Tetyukhin had his glorious moment getting listed in all elements statistic. Exactly Russia's captain was the main reason his teammates to be calm and steady at the end of the second set. It was hearbreaking ending won by olympic bronze medalist by an inch.
To keep their chances alive. Bagnoli's boys had to win it clear and they never lost that opportunity. However Bulgaria gave them both hard time and smiles running equal untill the very end of the third set but make several mistakes at the most important moment  - the end of the match.

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