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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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Egypt outclass Iran in first match of Pool A

Egypt's defence was superb, as Iran's Hamzah Zarini finds out on this occasion
Milan, Italy, September 25, 2010 – Egypt made the perfect start by dominating the first match of the FIVB Men’s World Championship 2010 Pool A in Milan, beating Iran in straight sets 25-21, 25-17, 25-21.

Egypt immediately found the perfect rhythm and managed to hold on for the entire match. It was only in the last set that Egypt had to respond to Iran, who picked up points and kept the score close, but the African champions managed to step it up when it mattered to seal victory. Ahmed Abdelhay top-scored with 19 points as Egypt reversed a 3-2 loss in their last encounter against Iran at the 2009 Grand Champions Cup.

At the beginning of the opening set Iran took the initiative with the first point coming from middle Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi. The score stayed close up to 3-3 when Egypt took the lead and reached the first technical timeout (TTO) at 8-5. Mousavi was the key to Iran's chances but Egypt managed to maintain their lead and were 16-11 ahead at the second TTO. Abdalla Ahmed then registered an important ace to increase Egypt's lead to 18-11 and although Iran managed to narrow the gap to 18-15, Egypt recovered and an Abdelhay score took them to the brink of a first-set win at 22-17. Egypt coach Antonio Giocobbe asked for timeout when Iran narrowed the gap to 22-19, but Egypt finally closed out the set thanks to Mohamed Badawy’s final spike.

Iran captain Alireza Nadi served and opened the second set but Egypt immediately took control with an 8-5 lead at the first TTO. Iran setter Seyed Marouflakrani tried to encourage his team-mates with an amazing spike that narrowed the gap to 9-7 but Egypt immediately responded, forcing Iran to ask for a timeout at 13-8. Egypt maintained a 16-9 lead at the second TTO and held on for the rest of the set, closing it at 25-17.

Egypt opened the last set with a Badawy ace. Iran tied the score at 6-6 and the score stayed neck and neck up to 16-16 when Egypt managed to take the lead, which they didn’t relinquish. Egypt’s brilliant serving, particularly from Ahmed, saw them close out the match at 25-21.


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