TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Iranian national volleyball team defeated Bulgaria 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19) in Pool D of the 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship on Thursday.
Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad led Iran with 21. Seyed Mohammad Mousavi and Amir Ghafour each added 11.
Todor Skrimov was Bulgaria's top scorer with 17 but only one in the final set as he played through an ankle injury.
Iran is in Pool D along with Bulgaria, Puerto Rico, Poland, Finland and Cuba.
The 2018 championship is the 19th staging of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship, contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), the sport's global governing body.
The final tournament is being held in Italy and Bulgaria from September 9 to 30. For the first time the tournament is jointly-hosted by more than one country.
The final six will be hosted by Italy at the Pala Alpitour in Turin.