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Cheered by Brazilian fans Bulgaria upset Germany

 

With 21 points Bulgaria's Tsvetan Sokolov was the top scorer of the match

Cuiaba, Brazil, June 23, 2019 - Bulgaria defeated Germany to achieve its fourth victory this VNL season, the first in this week on Brazilian soil. The Bulgarians, led by captain Tsvetan Sokolov, came back after losing the two first set, and upset Germany in 3-2 (26-28, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-10) with support from the Brazilian fans.

Bulgaria captain Tsvetan Sokolov: "We did not do anything different than the previous games here. We just played our volleyball, but we had the will to win. And we are very happy to do so after we were two sets behind."

Bulgaria wing spiker Rozalin Penchev: "I think we stayed calm after losing the two first sets, we did not lose hope. We stopped to look at the score, and played to enjoy the match. At some point the fans started to cheer for us, they saw the smiles on our faces and then we absorbed that energy."

Germany coach Andrea Giani: "We put on a great performance in the first two sets. But the third set we lost some opportunities. In some parts our level was lower than we expected. We have a young team, but that is not an excuse."

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