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STUNNING COMEBACK: France from 0:2 to 3:2 against Bulgaria!

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What a match in Eurovolley 2015 semifinals! French national team achieved surreal comeback against Bulgaria in front of 12,000 spectators in Sofia’s „Areena Armeec“ 3-2 (18-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-21, 15-12)! It was a huge pressure on World League winners, but they survived thanks to 30 points from Antonin Rouzier. Todor Aleksiev scored 21 in Bulgaria.

France

France

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12:15 – THE END! Mistake by Bulgarian player! France reach the final!

12:14 – Rouzier!!! France have two match points! He steps on the service line

13:12 – Mistake by Le Roux from the service line

13:11 – Tillie dominates! Block on Nikolov

12:11 – Tillie is good again! France have one-point lead! Time out by Konstantinov. 

11:10 – Nikolov makes mistake!

10:10 – All even again!

9:10 – Rouzier! Stunning reaction!

9:9 – Mistake by Rouzier! All tied!

8:9 – Aleksiev keeps Bulgaria in this match

7:9 – Ngapeth to Rouzier! In!

6:8 – And Nikolov does the same thing again!

6:7 – Nikolov sends ball wide

6:6 – Le Goff scores

6:5 – Good delivery by Bratoev, Penchev doesn’t miss

5:5 – ACE!Rouzier!

5:4 – Tillie again on the other side

5:3 – Niki Penchev finds the way!

4:3 – Kevin Tillie scores! He is back 

4:2 – Rouzieris there! Good spike and point 

4:1 – Bratoev’s spike for huge lead!

3:1 – Ngapeth scores and makes service error

2:0 – Out of bounds! Bulgaria lead by two

1:0 – Bulgaria win first point thanks to Aleksiev

Tie-break is underway

France

France

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21:25 – Ngapeth! What a display in last few points

21:24 – Nikolov saves one set point

20:24 – WooooW! Ngapeth dominates! With one-one block gives France four set points!

20:23 – That’s the spirit. Earvin Ngapeth tricks triple block easily!

20:22 – Toniutti blocks Aleksiev! Very important win for France !

20:21 – Penchev’s error from the service gives France  one point of advantage

20:20 – Huge block on Rouzier by Yosifov

19:19 – Penchev! All even again!

18:19 – Mistake by Gradinarov from the service line

18:18 – Todorov scores, Salparov enters the court instead of Aleksiev

17:17 – Ngapeth scores, Ngapeth makes mistakes.

16:16 – Aleksiev is in beast mode!!! He manages to block rival! All even. Coach Tillie calls for time-out

15:16 – Two points in a row by Aleksiev!

13:16 – Mistake by Yosifov from the service line

13:15 – Goog block by Yosifov! Bulgaria are trailing by one now

12:15 – Service mistake by Tillie‘s side

11:15 – France still have four points of advantage!

9:13 – What a strike by Ngapeth! 

8:12 – Yellow card for Bratoev. He argues with referee and he earns yellow.

8:10 – The ball is out! Referee shows point to Bulgaria firstly, but video check says that the point goes to France

6:8 – France have lead at the first TTO

6:7 – Rouzier makes error

4:7 – ActioToniutti Le Goff works good

3:6 – Rouzier is definitely the best player of France so far

3:5 – Great battle at Armeets Arena

1:4 – Le Roux‘s good move from the middle

1:3 – Yosifov scores first point for Bulgaria 

0:3 – Like in the third set, France have three points of advantage

0:1 – Fourth set starts with a block of Rouzier on Nikolov

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24:26 – Ngapeth uses mistake by receivers and decreases the lead

24:25 – Again set point for France 

24:24 – Bulgaria save it!

23:24 –Rouzier gives first set ball to France 

23:23 – All even!

22:23 – Niki Penchev scores!

21:23 – Gradinarov enters to serve, but hits the net

21:22 – Le Goff sends ball wide! Bulgaria are trailing only by one!

19:22Le Roux finally scores, good delivery by Toniutti 

19:21 – Todorov keeps hopes of Bulgaria 

18:21 – Nikolov makes mistake!

17:19 – Superb first tempo by Todorov

16:19 – Toniutti’s ace gives three points of advantage to France 

16:17 – Stunning one-handed set by Bratoev, great finish by Nikolov

15:17 – Huge celebration by France after Ngapeth‘s point

14:16 – But, Rouzier is there to keep hopes of France as well

14:14 – Rouzier‘s mistake from the service line gives Bulgaria another point!

10:10 – Again block! After Ngapeth‘s spike ball hit block then Ngapeth‘s face

9:10 – Bulgaria decrease the lead with a stunning block

7:10 – Rouzier keeps France ahead

5:8 – France have the lead at the first TTO

4:6 – Then, mistake by Rouzier from the service line

3:6 – Rouzier scores!

1:3 – First point for Bulgaria in third set

0:3 – Three consecutive points of  France at the start of the third set

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25:22 – Nikolov scores!!! Bulgaria have 2-0 lead

24:21 – Nikolov smile after stunning spike. Set Point for Bulgaria 

23:21 – Time out by Bulgaria 

22:20 – Guess who enters the court as a receiver? Salparov!

Salparov as receiver?! YES

Salparov as receiver?! YES

21:18 – ONE ON ONE! Todorov blocks Le Roux! France look powerless

20:18 –Ngapeth  is very nervous! Tillie replaces him with Marechal

19:18 – Yosifov blocks Ngapeth again! Bulgaria have lead!

17:17 – Bulgarian block again, Ngapeth looks to the coach

16:17 – Penchev scores, Bulgaria are trailing only by one

15:16 – After three consecutive points of Bulgaria , Tillieasks for time out 

12:16 – Stunning triple block by France 

* It is important to say that all serves of Bulgaria go on one man – Earvin Ngapeth

12:14 – Bulgarian block works perfect

10:13 – ACE by Rouzier 

10:12 – “You shall not pass” message for Tillie

9:12 – Resovia’s player Niki Penchev tricks rival’s block

8:11 – Mistake by France 

7:11 – Aleksiev ends his streak

6:11 – Another ACE by Modena’s player

6:10 – ACE! Earvin Ngapeth

6:8 – Yosifov finds the way beside Rouzier

5:8 – Stunning reaction by Earvin Ngapeth. He blocks with one hand

5:6 –Ngapeth can’t find his playing style

4:6 – Two mistakes by Aleksiev

4:4 – Mistake from the service line by Penchev

4:3 – Niki Penchev with a good solution in attack

3:2 – Yosifov answers on the other side

2:2 – Pipe attack goes well for France ! Ngapeth finally scores

Bul vs. Fra

Bul vs. Fra

0:1 – Rouzier opens second set by strong spike

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25:18 – Poor service by Le Roux! Bulgarian crowd celebrate the win of the first set

24:18 – Bulgaria still have a lot of set points

22:15 – Nikolov scores! Le Goff couldn’t receive it!

21:13 – Great counter attack of Bulgaria 

20:13 – Ngapeth is very nervous. He simply can’t score

19:13 – Amazing crowd in “Armeets Arena” is obviously the biggest problem for France . They can’t focus, but on the other side, Bulgarian players fly. 

18:13 – Vlado Nikolov scores very important point for Bulgaria

17:13 – Penchev makes mistakes 

17:12 Le Goff scores and decreases result

15:9 – Le Roux can’t score, but Penchev can

12:7 – Ngapeth is struggling to score, Bulgaria’s block is perfect

10:5 – Rouzier sends ball wide

8:4 – Rouzier manages somehow to score

8:3 – Great start of Bulgaria ! Kevin Tillie got blocked.

7:3 – Bratoev hits Ngapeth, Frenchmen couldn’t receive it. Time out for France 

1:0 – First point goes to Bulgaria 

* Salparov won’t start this match

Follow play by play coverage of Eurovolley semifinals BulgariaFrance on our website, by our reporter on the scene in Sofia…

FINAL ROUND / SEMIFINALS

Game Date/Time Teams Set Result per set Stats Videos
Semifinal 1 17. 10. 2015 17:45 local time (16:45 C.E.T.) Slovenia vs Italy 3:1 25:13; 23:25; 25:20; 25:20    
Semifinal 2 17. 10. 2015 20:45 Bulgaria vs France 2:3 25-18, 25-22, 24-26, 21-25, 12-15    
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??? October 17, 2015 - 10:40 pm

I really don’t know who has decided to use Gradinarov like ‘surprise’ substitution for Nikolov, was it Plamen or Nikolov himself…
But it is unbelievable that you leave Uchikov on the bench (player with such a great season) and let Nikolov who was already in 3rd set desperate for oxygen.
Whoever made such a stupid decision is responsible for Bulgaria missing the final.

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