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China go down bravely against Brazil

Brazil's Giba attacks against China
Beijing, China, August 20, 2008 - In a place where the Chinese men's volleyballers kept staging surprising victories, no miracle appeared at the Capital Gymnasium on Wednesday night in their quarter-final against defending champion Brazil.

The Chinese, before thundering cheers of home fans, lost their Beijing Olympic finale to the South Americans, 25-17, 25-15, 25-16.

Brazil is thus set to replay the Athens Games final against Italy, but this time in semi-finals.

The hosts, making a breakthrough to enter the quarter-finals with two wins against three losses in the preliminaries, showed no fears against the world No. 1 team at the beginning of the opener.

Under the Chinese effective blocking, the Brazilian jumpers could seldom execute their famous quick and high spikes, while the brilliant spikes of the wing spiker Yuan Zhi and middle blocker Bian Hongmin helped China to catch up 9-9.

The Brazilian ace spikers Dante and captain Giba exhibited their qualities with frequent high-jump spikes from the back row and the left flank to launch a 15-7 run to take the set. Samuel Fuchs sealed it with a spike.

The Brazilians played quite relaxed in the second set and Giba even had time to have some bites of an apple in the first technical timeout when they led 8-6. They controlled the set with an overwhelming advantage at net, while the Chinese began to commit chains of services and spike faults. A determined Brazil took the set 25-15.

Brazil found no trouble to win the third set 25-16, though China's head coach Jianan Zhou sent veteran players Sui Shengsheng and Shi Hairong onto the court, hoping to regain some rhythm. However, the Brazilians gave no chance to the two rescuers. Gustavo Endes surged from the middle of the court, smashed the ball home and brought Brazil the decisive point. (Xinhua)