Japan twice came from a set down to force a tie-break and beat Italy for their fifth win at the 2021 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League.
Here's the reaction after the game, from the virtual Mixed Zone:
Mattia Bottolo (Italy): "I think we played a great match - unfortunately we were not able to extend our winning streak and gain the third victory, but we have another match tomorrow. Japan are a strong team. We played two great sets against them. I think that we surprised them in defence and that should be a key for our next matches."
Haku Ri (Japan): "During our meeting we talked that we have to win these three games against Australia, Italy and Argentina. Therefore, I am very satisfied that we managed to win yesterday and today. Even if we were behind, we managed to close this game in our favour. We managed to do it, because we focus on one game at the time, thus everyone sets their mind to win the game and this is the reason why we were successful."
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