17 September 2021

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#EuroVolley2021: north Macedonia stuns (qualified) Turkey, Bulgaria destroys Austria and will play in competition too

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The last day of matches in Pool B brought a big upset as team MKD outclassed at 3-1 the team of favourites Turkey.
Despite the defeat, however, Turkey qualify to the finals of CEV Euro Volley 2021 as on the past days they were absolutely perfect. On Saturday, the Macedonian players led by captain Nikola Gjorgiev (24 points) and with great contributions by Aleksandar Ljaftov (23 points), recorded the victory and save their chances to proceed ahead as well as second best team. For Turkey, Burutay Subasi scored 17.

After having lost the first match vs Turkey, we got really motivated. Today, we played very good in all the elements – reception, block, attack and you see the result. We are very happy about this victory. It shows our potential“, Darko Angelovski, player of Team MKD said.

On the other match of the day, Bulgaria accomplished their mission in Israel, and they will play in the European Championships later this year as they convincingly defeated Austria in their third match in Pool B. Tsvetan Sokolov highlighted the winners with 18 points, while Todor Skrimov served 5 aces and had 80 % reception (15 digs, 40 % perfect).
Having 9 points on their account, no team can endanger Bulgaria’s top spot anymore, so their duel with the hosts tomorrow will be only for prestige…

📌| Qualifications for 2021 CEV European Championship, Pool CSkopje:

| January 11
North Macedonia – Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-1 (27:25, 25:21, 23:25, 25:19)

| January 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Turkey 0-3 (15:25, 17:25, 18:25)

| January 13
Turkey – North Macedonia 3-1 (25:16, 18:25, 25:18, 25:12)

| Second round robin
| January 14: Bosnia & Herzegovina – North Macedonia 0-3 (20:24, 24:26, 13:25)
| January 15: Turkey – Bosnia & Herzegovina 3-0 (25:9, 25:19, 25:18)
| January 16: North Macedonia – Turkey 3-1 (25:19, 21:25, 25:23, 25:18)

Standings : Turkey 9, North Macedonia 9, Bosnia & Herzegovina 0

📌| Qualifications for 2021 CEV European Championship, Pool BIsrael:

| January 12
Israel – Austria 0-3 (25:27, 23:25, 20:25)

| January 13
Austria – Bulgaria 1-3 (21:25, 25:20, 19:25, 22:25)

| January 14
Bulgaria – Israel 3-0 (27:25, 25:16, 25:22)

| Second round robin
| January 15: Austria – Israel 2-3 (21:25, 25:20, 25:27, 25:20, 11:15)
| January 16: Bulgaria – Austria 3-0 (25:15, 25:18, 25:22)
| January 17: Israel – Bulgaria 0-3 (20:25, 21:25, 23:25)

Standings: Bulgaria 9, Austria 4, Israel 2

Source and Photo: CEV

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