Men's competition, Espinho
From 2 June To 6 June 2004

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Locals set up mouthwatering tie
Espinho, Portugal, June 2, 2004 - Local favourites Bruno Carvalho and Rui Tato braved the blazing Portuguese sun as they notched up a couple of country quota victories to progress through to the qualifying round of the 2004, Swatch - FIVB World Tour event in Espinho on Wednesday.

Suggesting his team was "lucky" to have come up against two less experienced sides in the early stages of this tournament, Bruno Carvalho was quick to admit that there wasn't much fortune in being drawn against the powerful Brazilians Cunha-Para in the next round.

Opening up their day against compatriots, Hugo Gouveia and Filipe Morais, Carvalho and Tato took just 30 minutes to end a one-sided affair 2-0 (21-12, 21-15). From there, the Portuguese players tackled Nuno Teixeira and David Melo, and, in what turned out to be a tougher challenge, the final scoreboard read 2-0 (22-20, 21-18) in favour of team Carvalho-Tato.

"The next game is going to be very difficult for us," Carvalho said ahead of Thursday's match with Cunha-Para. "We are amateurs and they are professionals and there's a big difference between the two. Our chances of winning are very small." he added.

However, the 29-year-old from Cacem, on the outskirts of Lisbon promised his team will not be overawed by the opposition and that they will be giving their all in pursuit of success. "We're going to risk everything in serve and attack and we will try to gain as many points as we can," Carvalho said.

A fan of the Beach legend Para for many years, Bruno Carvalho was full of praise for one of his idols. "I know Para quite well and have been watching and admiring his game for a long time. He's a superb player and so is his partner Cunha."

Among Wednesday's other games, Japanese pair Hayato Kirihara and Shinpei Aoki advanced past Portugal's Ricardo Paiva and Pedro Paraty by 2-0 (21-6, 21-12) while Toni Tuominen and Jussi Savio of Finland beat Spanish team Pedro Miralles and Agustin Correa by 2-1 (21-19, 21-23, 15-11).

Australia's Adam Maskall and Matt Jones were on fire in their clash with Puerto Rican pair Angel Ortiz and Joshhua Ramirez, taking 25 minutes to triumph by 2-0 (21-9, 21-17).