Olympic volleyball: Russia defeat Bulgaria to reach final

August 10th, 2012 - 11:35 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia ousted Bulgaria in a four-set Olympic men’s volleyball semi-final Friday.

Bulgaria fought back in the third game after going two games down before a tense fourth game, in which the teams were neck-and-neck before Russia stole win at the end.

The final score was 25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 25-23.

Russian attacker Maxim Mikhailov was the man-of-the-match scoring 25 points and scoring the match point with a powerful spike.

In Sunday’s final, Russia will play either Brazil or Italy, who beat reigning champions the United States in the quarter-finals.

Russia, who won bronze in Beijing, lost 3-0 to Brazil in the group stage.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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