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13 Sep, 2009 08:09

Russia miss out on European volleyball finals

Russia miss out on European volleyball finals

Team Russia failed to reach the finals of the European Volleyball Championships in Turkey, going down to France in a dramatic five-set encounter.

Daniele Bagnoli’s men wasted too much time adapting to excellent French defensive play and found themselves two sets down – 18-25 in the first and 22-25 in the second.

The underdogs continued in the same style in the third. The score was 16-12 for France in the middle of the set, and this is when Russia launched their comeback.

Bagnoli’s men leveled the score at 17-17 to take the set 27-25. And Russia stormed the fourth set 22-15 to take the game to a deciding fifth set.

The Russians looked the better in the beginning, taking an 8-4 lead, when the teams changed sides of the court for the last time on the night.

Then France began to show some real character, scoring two in a row at the 15-15 all scoreline, and taking then grabbing the decider. 2:3 (18-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-15, 15-17) was the final sore.

France will play Poland next, after they beat Bulgaria 3:0 (25-19, 30-28, 25-20), for the European crown on Sunday.