It is said that if two more or less equal teams meet twice in the same tournament, it is unlikely that the same team will win twice. Brazil put this axiom to the test and proved it true, Sunday evening in Casablanca, Morocco. The South Americans disposed of Russia 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-19), in the most convincing manner, in the final of the 2007 Men's Junior World Championships, to win the title and dethrone the defending champions. The two teams had previously met on the opening day of the competition, in Rabat, with Russia downing Brazil 3-1.
Brazil got off to an excellent start, pressing with their serving and effectively blocking their opponents, while restrinting Russia's top star, Maxim Mikhaylov, to just three points in the opening set, Denis Biryukov, instead, leading the attack for the Europeans.
It was a similar situation in the second set, with Brazil's captain William Da Costa and outside hitter Campos Wanderson doing the scoring for Brazil.
Russia failed to put up any serious resistance even in the third set, as Brazil took the lead and kept it throughout, finishing in yet another comfortable score.
Mikhaylov, who before the match needed ten points to tie Italy's Matteo Martino as top scorer of the tournament, remained at seven against Brazil--three shy of his goal.
It was Brazil's third gold medal in the history of the competition, having previously won the 1993 edition in Rosario, Argentina, and the 2001 edition in Wroclaw, Poland. Russia has seven successes (four of them as the former Soviet Union.