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China needs five sets to end Qatar’s challenge

Tehran, Iran, August 4, 2015 – Qatar could not stop Chinese onslaughts as China produced a magnificent come-from-behind five-set thriller 17-25, 25-16, 17-25, 25-19, 15-10. Claiming nine points from straight three wins has carried China to the top of Pool F to next take on Thailand in the knock-out quarter-finals of the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship.

China’s coach, Guochen Xie: “We have managed to overcome Qatar by our team confidence. The competition was incredibly hard! The Qataris have very good defense. However, with high spirits and confidence, my players were able to defeat the opposing team. I hope that we can keep this spirit in future competitions.

On match against Thailand in the quarter-finals: They are a good team, but the players are very young and it is their first participation in this competition. I can’t make any guess about the teams in the final. There are eight powerful teams and I can’t even predict the four teams in the quarter-finals. Iran is a good team and the host. They can be considered as one side of the final match.

Qatar’s coach, Juan Cichello: “China was better than us and deserved the victory. Congratulations to China. They played great volleyball. In the previous match against the Chinese team in the other tournament, we had lost 1-3, but in this game we had a set of progress and the result was 2-3. I hope my team will defeat them in our next match.

Cichello, the former coach of Iran’s national volleyball team in reply to which teams have the chance to qualify for the final, said: “I cannot guess. Predicting the finalist teams is really hard. I only know that it will be interesting for the fans to watch the final matches.

Qatar’s captain, Ibrahim Ibrahim: “China is a good team. We have very good players, but the Chinese fought back to match us point by point. Our next match against Chinese Taipei is so important for us. It is like the final game. We will play like every time we played them and will leave the court as the winner.

On the decision of the referee to show the red card to the Qatari player: “We did not understand what happened exactly. It was just a misunderstanding. Our player threw the chewing gum away and the referee thought it was because of anger. He did not know we were only fighting on the court, not off the ground.”

Statistic : P-2 for match 40_ QAT-CHN

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