We should have worked harder - Russia captain Pankov


Cairo, Egypt, August 23, 2017 - Iran brought defending Russia crashing down in seven sets here Wednesday on the closing day of pool play at the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship, but it was the European side that made it through to the semifinals. Despite this, from the Russian side it was felt that they could have done better.

Russia coach, Andrey Voronkov: "Our qualification is not good enough because we won only one point despite preparing the team very well and showing a good performance. I think the mistakes were all psychological as the players felt in the seventh set that they will lose so they made unforced mistakes."

Russia captain, Pavel Pankov: "We played well and did what was needed from us but we were supposed to work harder and we should not have done such easy mistakes."

Iran coach, Juan Cichello: "I congratulate my team because we were able to beat a strong team and one of the top-seeded teams".

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