The last match for Bulgaria in Pool A will be against the 2005 EuroVolley champions from Italy. Prandi's men may try and react after their tough loss to France yesterday, but Italy want to keep their clean sheet in EuroVolley 2019 before facing hosts France.
"Tonight will be different, because yesterday we showed nothing. Today is a new day and a new challenge so I believe we will show better Volleyball than yesterday."
First RefereeMykhaylo MEDVIDUKRSecond RefereeBlaz MARKELJSLO
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JUANTORENA PORTUONDO Osmany
COLACI Massimo Vito
Assistant Coach 2
Assistant Coach 2
Team Italy during National anthem
Italian Coach Gianlorenzo BLENGINI during time-out
Bulgarian Coach Silvano PRANDI during time-out
Osmany JUANTORENA PORTUONDO (ITA) spikes
Ivan ZAYTSEV (ITA) spikes on Bulgarian block
Italy overcome Bulgaria in four sets
After a slow start, Italy defeated Bulgaria in four sets, thus assuring the first or second place of Pool A. Blengini’s men improved set after set to land on a clear victory in the last one, notably thanks to Juantorena and Zaytsev.
Bulgaria are through with pool matches and place third; they will therefore face the second team of Pool C, which still has to be determined given today's loss of home country Slovenia to North Macedonia. The final of Pool A between Italy and France will occur tomorrow at 8:30pm to decide the top two spots in the group.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of ITALY compared to BULGARIA.
ITALY number of service aces compared to BULGARIA
Errors leading to points of ITALY, next to those from BULGARIA
"It was a tough start for us, hard to face the energy of the Bulgarians who served and defended really well in the first set. But then we recovered and eventually won. Tomorrow, we'll play against France, a match we've been waiting for for a long time. They play really well at the moment but we'll try to mess them."
"We started very well the first few games, but against France and Italy we see where our team is right now. They we better than us. We have some rest days and then will play someone from Pool C so need to start to focus on this game"
Libero for Bulgaria