The side coached by the Macedonian expert Joško Milenkoski resisted all the way and succumbed only in the tie-break. So, the win eventually went to Belgium, whose coach Vital Heynen was disappointed with the way his players performed this match.
„We played very bad today, so the future of Belgium is not looking good. We should play much better against Turkey, who played a very good game. The most interesting thing is to play bad and win. If you can learn this, you can go far. So that is interesting,” Heynen said.
„We played a great game today, despite the loss. We had two match points in both 4th and the 5th set, but I think we lost a bit of rhythm when Gökhan Gökgöz sustained injury. Perhaps we need to play with keeping our emotions more in control, which is difficult when the game slips away from your hands. I am a bit disappointed with that result, as we were close to both winning and getting three points here. I think we will be going to the playoffs, but it is now a matter of waiting to see if we secure it today when France win or whether we will have to confirm our spot tomorrow against them by ourselves,“ Turkey‘s coach Milenkoski stated.
Today’s schedule, Round 3:
Serbia vs. Finland (17:30 CET)
Estonia vs. Poland (20:30 CET)
Slovakia vs. Germany (17:30 CET)
Italy vs. Czech Republic (20:30 CET)
Slovenia vs. Bulgaria (17:30 CET)
Russia vs. Spain (20:30 CET)
Belgium vs. The Netherlands (17:30 CET)
Turkey vs. France (20:30 CET)
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