Slovenia beat defending champions Russia to reach semi-finals at Men’s European Volleyball Championship

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Slovenia reached the semi-finals of the men’s European Volleyball Championships after beating defending champions Russia in four sets in Ljubljana.

Slovenia burst out of the blocks and flew into a 2-0 lead, winning the opening sets 25-23, 25-22.

Russia rallied and took the third 25-21, but the Slovenians, roared on by 11,225 home fans, would not be denied.

They won the fourth set 25-21 to reach the semi-final on Thursday (September 26), which will again take place in the Slovenian capital.

Slovenia will face Poland, who continued their superb form in these Championships with their sixth consecutive straight-sets victory.