First RefereeEpaminondas GEROTHODOROSGRESecond RefereeMilan RAJKOVICCRO
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 BELARUS
A direct battle for the promotion into the round of sixteen in Ostrava’s Group B has its winner. Bulgaria defeated Belarus 3:1 (25:13, 25:18, 24:26, 25:22). After a very one-sided first two sets, Belarus got back in the game but it was Bulgaria who handled the ending of the match better.
Belarus had a better start to today’s game. Bulgaria made a lot of mistakes and quickly were losing 1:5. However after that they began to use their biggest weapon – their serve. Firstly they equalized (6:6) and then went into the lead which was still increasing. Todor Skrimov, Martin Atanasov and opposite Tsvetan Sokolov were perfect in attack. Belarus tried everything to find a way how to score, but their receive wasn’t good at all and Bulgaria deservedly won the opening set.
The match continued in a similar spirit even in the second set. Bulgaria quickly grabbed the lead (6:3) and extended it to five points after Sokolov’s attack. The difference between both sides was enormous. Not only was Bulgaria great at serving but their defence was on fire as well. They won the second set by seven points (25:18).
Belarus didn’t give up their chances of getting promoted and went into the third set with commitment. Risky serves meant a few mistakes however they took the lead (4:1) and with good defence held it for a long time. Bulgaria turned the score around in the second half of the set and created three points lead (17:14). Substituted setter Kanstantsin Tsiushkevich set up great chances for his team’s spikers. Opposite Vladzislav Babkevich scored most of them. A dramatic ending that Belarus handled better and won 26:24.
They started well even in the fourth set (7:4) but both teams were nervous. A huge amount of mistakes meant changing the lead from one side to the other. Belarus entered the final part with an advantage in terms of points (19:15) but it didn’t help them. Bulgaria equalized and Sokolov arranged the match point with his super spike. With a little luck, Bulgaria took advantage and qualified for the eighth finals.
Tsvetan Sokolov, Bulgarian opposite: “It was difficult for us but I am very happy. It was one game – all in. If we lost, we would go home. Fortunately we have won and we stay in the tournament. We fought really hard in the end and were rewarded for it.”
Viktar Beksha, Belarusian coach: “First two sets it was a game on one goal. They risked a lot and were good in it. We had a bad reception. However Bulgarians believed too early that they won and we used it as our advantage. We improved our defence and attack. Unfortunately in the fourth set (19:16) we made many unforced mistakes and lost this game.”
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 BELARUS.
BULGARIA number of service aces compared to BELARUS
Errors leading to points of BULGARIA, next to those from BELARUS