After four games, Georgia and Bulgaria were already semi-finalists, but they had to decide who would take first place in Group B. This was important for the determination of semi-final pairs. Georgia defeated Bulgaria 35:19 and on saturday, June 15 will meet Great Britain. In turn, Bulgaria will play against Cuba. Thus, Georgia gained 10 points from 5 games and finished first in group B.
On June 15 at 14:00 GMT Georgia will play against Great Britain and at 16:00 GMT Cuba will meet Bulgaria.
The Bulgarians played on a par with the tournament hosts at the beginning of the game, but after the 18th minute the difference in the score began to grow.
Best players of the match were Temur Orjonikidze (LB, Georgia) and Stefan Dimitrov (GK, Bulgaria).
Nikola Karastoyanov, Coach of Bulgaria: First of all I’d like to congratulate my players, they played very well, both in the first half and the second. They have very good players. We tried to fight in the firt half but at the end of it, I decided to play lighter, because we have a very tough game coming up in semi-final, that’s why I gave them a break in the second half. The reason we lost in the first half is that we made too many technical mistakes, we’ll try to make less in next games.
Nikola Maksimovic, Coach of Georgia: First 15 minutes we didn’t play so well, but then second 15 minutes in the first half we played excellent in defence, we stopped their strong points and it was enough to make good results till the end of the first half. Their strong point were right wing, middle back and right back, we stopped them after 15 minutes and they don’t have substitution, so when they put second line up we finished our job easily. We will come prepeard for the strongest opponent in Semi-final.
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