First RefereeMilan RAJKOVICCROSecond RefereeVladimir SIMONOVICSRB
Ostravar Arena is a multifunctional hall in Ostrava, located in the Ostrava-South district. It was completed in 1986 and at the time, it was the largest and most modern hall in Europe. First reconstruction took place between 2003 and 2004, the other in the year 2012. The capacity of this Aren is 10 157 seats. Ostravar Arena is the home stadium of the extra-league hockey club Vítkovice. Various sports and cultural events, European Championships and World Championships are held here: - Ice Hockey World Championship (2004, 2015) - Women's Floorball World Championship (2013) - European Figure Skating Championships (2017) - Tennis tournament J&T Banka Ostrava Open – part of the WTA Tour (2020) Capacity: 9631
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Ruská 3077/135, OSTRAVA, 700 30 Capacity: 9631
TRAVELLING BY CAR In the direction from the D1 motorway it is exit 354. It is best to drive along Rudná Street, then along Závodní Street. SPORT ARENA signs guide visitors to the arena from all directions. The car parks by the OSTRAVAR ARENA are accessible from Závodní Street. GPS coordinates: 49.8044550N, 18.2512036E TRAVELLING BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT From Ostrava main train station by tram number 2 to the Sport aréna stop. From Ostrava bus station walk to the Náměstí republiky (or Dr. Malý) stop and then take tram number 2 to the Sport aréna stop. Get directions
Todor Skrimov was born in Pernik on 9th January 1990. As a junior he was never really considered to become an important player for the national team. At the age of 17 he moved to France and started playing in 3rd division but was noticed by the coach of Paris Volley who invited him to join. He has played 4 seasons in Italy, before moving to Russia and since 2011 was already in the national team.
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BULGARIA v ITALY
The favorite of the Ostrava Group B Italy lost their first set in the tournament. Against Bulgaria they led 2:0 and after they struggled in the third, game won 3:1 (25:19, 25:18, 17:25, 25:12).
The beginning of the game was careful from both sides. Even though Bulgaria led (7:5), Italy‘s quality serve followed by their opponent’s mistakes meant a quick turnaround (7:9). As expected, the Italian attacks were directed by opposite Giulio Pinali and spiker Alessandro Michieletto. The Bulgarians mostly relied on opposite Tsvetan Sokolov but it was not enough. The team from the Apennine Peninsula was better in reception and its attacks were more effective. They gradually created a six point advantage which they held until the end of the opening set (19:25).
Even in the second part of the game, it was equal for a long time. Later, the fans gave a huge applause to an amazing 35 seconds rally which was finished by Italian block (7:9). However, the Bulgarians had an answer as they took the lead (12:11). Italy concentrated once again, improved their receiving, and thanks to quick attacks in cooperation with quality serves turned the game around. They successfully eliminated spiker Martin Atanasov and often attacked into an unprepared defence, grabbed seven points lead (16:23) and finished the second set.
The fans in Ostrava were witnessing an unexpected third set. Italy hoped to finish the match though the Bulgarians had other idea. Aleks Grozdanov’s and Todor Skrimov’s service was amazing and suddenly they led 7:2. Aggressive play resulted in points as the Italians started making mistakes. They were losing by eight points (3:11) and even though they reduced Bulgaria’s lead, lost this set.
This Italian squad may be young, but they are very talented and play quality volleyball. After another change of sides they concentrated and took the lead. During Alessandro Michieletto’s serve Italy scored five points in a row (11:3) and broke Bulgaria’s effort. Thanks to that their coach gave opportunities to other players and saved his biggest stars for the next game.
Tsvetan Sokolov, opposite: “This game didn’t go well for us. You can clearly see if we play like in the third set, we can win everything. But after that our performance got worse. We must believe in ourselves even when we play against Italy. They have young team and play uninhibited. That is the way we want to play, so now it is important to forget the defeat and get ready for the next match.”
Simone Anzani, middle blocker: “This game was very tough, our opponent was tough but we were very good. During the third part of the game Bulgarians served really well and also we lost some easy points. In the fourth set we came angry and focused. That was very important for us because we must increase our level match by match.”
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of BULGARIA compared to ITALY.
BULGARIA number of service aces compared to ITALY
Errors leading to points of BULGARIA, next to those from ITALY