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Boys under 21, 2003 - Press Info

Press conference

Russia beat Iran 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-16) - duration 1:11
09-Jul, start time: 17:30, end time: 18:41 - Attendance: 1,100
The first two sets are very close. But, our setter made several mistakes and the spikers then had no chance to come out with good form. If he set well, I think we stood a chance to beat them. However, one of my key players sustained a back pain and thats why we have to field several substitutions. Our chances in the quarter-finals depend upon the draw on late Wednesday. One thing Im quite sure of is that Russia will be one of the two teams in the final showdown. - head coach Naser Shahnazi.

Iran played a good game against us. Fortunately, my boys are also at their best. They spiked, blocked and boosted to help gain point by point. After beating Iran, I think we have a bright chance of making it to the final round. However, everything can happen and we have to wait for the draw to come. Win or lose, we have to fight all-out till we advance to the final round. - head coach Serguei Cliapnikov.