Iran beat Bul­garia at FIVB World Cham­pi­onship

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

TEHRAN – Iran earned their sec­ond win in a row at the 2018 FIVB Men’s World Cham­pi­onship Thurs­day night.

The Ira­nian team de­feated the hosts 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19) and got level on points with world cham­pi­ons Poland at the top of Pool D.

“We en­joyed the game and Bul­garia played well. I thank my play­ers for the pa­tience they showed and of course for the win against a very well pre­pared and ex­pe­ri­enced team like Bul­garia.

We tried to con­trol the game in all sets, but the crowd re­flected on us and prob­a­bly that was the rea­son for los­ing the third set,” Iran coach Igor Ko­lakovic said in the post-match news con­fer­ence.

Team Melli had started the cam­paign with a 3-0 vic­tory over Puerto Rico on Wed­nes­day.

Mo­ham­mad­javad Manavinezhad led the win­ners in scor­ing with 21. Mo­ham­mad Mousavi and Amir Ghafour each added 11.

Todor Sk­ri­mov was top scorer for Bul­garia with 17 but only one in the fi­nal set as he played through an an­kle in­jury.

Iran will face Cuba on Satur­day.

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