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2001 Men's'World Grand Champions Cup - Press Info

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Cuba beat Brazil 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11) - duration 2:00
23-Nov, start time: 13:02, end time: 15:02 - Attendance: 4,200
Cuba Almost Books Title after 3-2 Win over Brazil
Tokyo, Japan, 22 November, 2001 - Defending champion Brazil is the last obstacle for Cuba to capture the title of the World Grand Champions Cup men's event when the arch-rivals meet on Friday at Tokyo Metropolitam Gym.
Cuba became the hottest favorite after succumbing Olympic gold medallist Yugoslavia 3-0 at Nagoya Rainbow Hall on Tuesday.
Korea, Japan and Argentina are on the list as Cuba's following opponents, but they are not expected to put up challenge.
But there is no signal that the NORCECA champion could repeat the spree on Friday's tie.
Brazil, who won the World League this year, has a commanding edge-off in the five meetings with Cuba this year, winning the match-up by 4-1.
The South American champion is the hottest in the six-team single round-robin tournament, disposed off Asian champion Korea 3-1 in opening game, and beat up wild card Argentina by 37 points in a 3-0 win.
Talking about the upcoming face-off with Cuba, Brazil head coach Bernardo Rezende said, "We have played them five times
Yugoslavia beat Argentina 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-18) - duration 1:33
23-Nov, start time: 15:26, end time: 16:59 - Attendance: 7,360
Yugoslavia Takes a Come-back Win over Argentina
Olympic champion Yugoslavia came back from one set down to win a close game against wild card Argentina by 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-18).

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Korea beat Japan 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 27-25) - duration 1:16
23-Nov, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:16 - Attendance: 10,000
Japan Crushes Under Pressure and to Korea
Japan crushed under pressure in front of the packed Tokyo Metropolitan Gym, losing straightly in a match-up with arch-rival Korea by 25-21, 25-21, 27-25.


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