International media hail French "emotional" win


Krakow, Poland, July 16, 2016 - Media from the countries involved in the 2016 World League Finals continue to offer broad coverage from Krakow to emphasize the outstanding performances, especially France's after their emotional victory against Serbia on Friday.

"France have qualified for the World League seminfinals" read the headline in the French sports daily L'Equipe. "Les Bleus are on track towards the second World League title" continues the daily. "Led by Earvin Ngapeth Les Bleus quickly took two sets but failed to win in the next two parts making the success in the tie-break".

"Brazil drops two sets, Italy and France in semifinals" annouces the Italian daily La Gazetta dello Sport. "The Brazilians used their substitutions to recover from 2-0 down taking Italy to the semifinals. With the five-sets success over Serbia, France have still the chance to defend the title. The match was preceeded with the moments silence to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice".

Brazil's focuses on today's semifinal between Brazil and France: "France's Antonin Rouzier said that he doesn't want to play Brazil in the semifinals because it's the strongest team in the world".

Serbian portal hails the Nikola Grbic's team advancing to the semifinals: "Serbia lost to France 3-2 but despite this defeat progressed from the first place. - It's not good that we didn't win but I appreciate my team's reaction being 2-0 down - said the coach Nikola Grbic."

The Inside The Games internet portal points out France's emotional victory over Serbia: "The match at the Tauron Arena came just a day after a terrorist attack in Nice, where 84 people lost their lives. A minute's silence was held before the contest got underway to commemorate the victims of the atrocity, while FIVB President Ary Graça wrote to the French Volleyball Federation to express his condolences."

"I am very happy to qualify for the semi-finals and about what my guys showed on the court of course, France coach Laurent Tillie said. But today it was not only about volleyball, because of the situation in Nice. I’m from this city and my players were not focused only on the game."


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