Lausanne, Switzerland, June 1, 2003 - Eight time World League champions Italy gained revenge for Friday's 3-1 loss to Brazil in Firenze by beating the World Champions 3-2 in their second Pool B match on Sunday in the feature clash of Week 3 in the FIVB $15 Million World League Intercontinental Rounds.
Italy and Brazil were destined to put on a mouth-watering encounter and Sunday's game in Bologna fitted the bill. Hosts Italy, led by inspirational captain Andrea Giani, came from two sets down to take the next three in a five-set thriller (23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 16-14) in one hour and 48 minutes. Both teams now sit on top of Pool B with seven points after four matches, while Portugal and Germany both have five points after they split their two matches in Germany, Germany winning on Saturday 3-2 and Portugal replying with a 3-1 victory on Sunday.
In other Sunday action, Olympic and European Champions Serbia and Montenegro suffered their second loss of the competition after going down 3-2 to Bulgaria in Podgorica to sit third in Pool C behind Bulgaria on set ratio and Pool leaders the Netherlands, who continued their good form by completing a two-game sweep over Cuba with a 3-2 win on Sunday in Rotterdam.
In Pool D World Championship bronze medallists France lost in the Czech Republic 3-2 for the second time of the weekend while Japan beat the Pool leaders Greece 3-2 at home on Sunday to reverse Saturday's 3-2 loss.
Earlier on Saturday defending World League title holders Russia completed an undefeated weekend by beating Spain in Belgorod for the second time 3-1 to lead Pool A with eight points. Poland are second in the Pool on six points, ahead of Spain on set ratio, after beating Venezuela twice, on Saturday 3-0 and Sunday 3-1.