Tehran, Iran, August 3, 2015 – Indomitable Qatar earned an epic 3-2 (25-19, 25-23, 15-25, 19-25, 17-15) victory over well-established Japan. Japan will next be pitted against Australia on Tuesday, with Qatar setting up a tough clash against China.
Qatar’s coach, Juan Cichello: “It is a historic moment to beat Japan as they are one of the strongest teams in Asia. I think both teams showed a perfect volleyball today. The last set was very close and the scoreboard looked exciting with leads changing hands for several times. Our first and foremost goal is to move up to the quarter-finals. The limit is always out there for my team. The attempt is made to win the matches. My early focus is on China for the time being. I need my team to win though it is not an easy job. (about referees) I will surely object to referees in case of any ambiguity. But every individual person has the right to make mistake as my players and I do.”
Qatar’s captain, Ibrahim Ibrahim: “The match was at a high level. We got the helm of the match from the very first moment. This made us all win the match. I am happy to beat Japan. The match was so close. But we are very determined to win.
Japan’s coach, Masashi Nambu: “Qatar was perfect at the attacks and also in the first balls. My players got the momentum at the third and fourth sets. Qatar displayed a perfect volleyball in the last set that we could not make it up. I do not have all of my main players. The injuries left me unable to set an ideal arrangement.”
Japan’s captain, Kunihiro Shimizu: “Qatar was perfect. We were not good at our returns. We might not have lost two sets if we had closer focus.