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WL M: Bulgaria survive early scare to beat Portugal

by WoV
source: fivb.org

Nayden Naydenov began his reign as Bulgaria coach on the right foot as his team sealed a 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21) win over Portugal in front of their home fans in Sofia as the final weekend of the 2012 FIVB Volleyball World League continued.


Bulgaria celebrate

Portugal started well, giving the hosts a hard time. Lead by Alexandre Ferreira, the visitors used some smooth defence and a strong attack to take the opening set.

Bulgaria’s block began to click in the second and the pressure of the Portuguese attack became weaker and weaker. Then, hungry for action, Vladimir Nikolov and Todor Aleksiev led a solid comeback to draw level at 1-1.

Bulgaria carried that momentum into the third, taking an 8-6 and then 16-12 lead before taking the set and the advantage 2-1.

New Bulgarian hero Tsvetan Sokolov came onto court in the last set, replacing topscorer Vladimir Nikolov and scored seven points as the home side sealed a 3-1 victory.

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