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29-06-2012

GERMANY DEFEATED ARGENTINA AT THE FIVB WORLD LEAGUE IN BULGARIA

Grozer again Germany's best player

Sofia, Bulgaria - June 29th, 2012 – Germany are now just one point away from their first ever FIVB Volleyball World League Finals after they clinched a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-21) win over Argentina in Sofia, Bulgaria on Friday. Tomorrow, Saturday, Argentina will play its second match of the fouth weekend's Pool D Intercontinental Round v the host team of Bulgaria at 14.45 Argentine time, with no chances of qualifying while Germany stands one point of securing for the first time in their history the place at the Final Round. Georg Grozer from Germany was once again unstoppable, scoring 20 points while Ivan Castellani made 13 points for Argentina.

Vital Heynen’s side are within touching distance of extending their stay in the Bulgarian capital and will be eager to convert their chance on Saturday.

It was the strong serve of the Germans which was decisive in the match's result. The world No.13 forced the South American defence to make errors in the opening set, easily taking the early advantage 25-16.

Argentinian coach Juan Manuel Barrial found a way to neutralize some of their rival's set moves, but his team just couldn’t find a foothold in the match as they surrendered the second.

Their efforts in the third were also in vain as they went down easily, sending the German bench into jubilation.

Press Conference:


Vital Heynen, Germany coach: "We played good, especially at the beginning. Of course, I'm happy because we're coming closer to the Finals, which is our actual goal."

Bjorn Andrae, Germany captain: "This victory was important step for us. We played concentrated in the beginning and not that much in the end. It was good and clear game for us."

Juan Manuel Barrial, Argentina coach: "We played bad at the first set and we had problems. They were better than us and the logical thing was to win. We think on giving these players the chance to win more experience in the next two matches."


Rodrigo Quiroga, Argentina captain : "I'm sad, because we missed the opportunity to qualify for the Finals. Germany pressed us with service. Now we think about the matches with Bulgaria and Portugal."

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