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Germany coach critical of men's vollyeball side despite victory

Vital Heynen, the head coach of Germany men's volleyball team, criticises the performance of his players late on in their win over Belgium.

Germany men's volleyball coach Vital Heynen has questioned the attitude of his players, despite sealing top spot in Group B at the European Games.

Victory over Belgium at Crystal Hall on Monday morning was enough for Germany to progress through to the knockout stages.

Regardless of the 3-0 triumph in Baku, Belgian-born Heynen believes his side took their foot off the gas late on.

"We have a lead of 19-13 and I put some other guys in," he told reporters. "It's not about mistakes. You go in [to the court] and do this, this and this. It doesn't matter what the score is, you have to do your job on what we agree.

"Some guys went in and didn't do that. You play to the last point and respect your opponent. You can only say you're better after the match. Not like the third set when some guys come in and smile. No. You play serious volleyball until the last ball."

The men's volleyball quarter-finals get underway on Wednesday morning.

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Neriman Ozsoy (13) and Naz Aydemir Akyol (11) of Turkey in action during the Women's Volleyball gold medal match between Turkey and Poland on day fifteen of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hallon June 27, 2015
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Friday's key events

· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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