Verona, Italy, September 25, 2010 – The FIVB 2010 Men’s World Championship started with a win for reigning world champions Brazil, who beat a youthful but promising Tunisian team 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-14) in Verona in front of 4,700 spectators. Brazil had to make do without setter Marlon who had abdominal problems, and his absence may prove more significant in later matches.
The first point of the game was scored for Brazil by Rodrigão and with the score at 6-1 to Brazil the Tunisian coach Mkaouar called the first timeout. Brazil, thanks to their strong serving, then found themselves ahead 8-3, before Kaabi’s ace helped Tunisia hold them to 4-9. By the second technical timeout Brazil were 16-9 in front and although Tunisia were defending well Brazil, inspired by Murilo, were relentless and took the first set 25-14.
Tunisia played well from the start of the second set, giving Brazil a real run for their money. A Kaabi attack gave Tunisia a 7-6 lead but by the second technical timeout Brazil had inched ahead 16-15. Tunisia then levelled at 17-17 thanks to Kaabi once more before an unlucky break at the net for Tunisia's Micadi made it 20-18 to Brazil who eventually wrapped up the set 25-21.
Tunisia found their game once again in the third, taking a 4-2 lead, but Brazil reacted with powerful serving from Dante and strong spiking from Vissotto, moving into an 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout. Brazil continued to attack, taking the score to 16-9 before a serving fault by Tunisia's Garci gave Brazil a 20-13 lead. There were plenty of service faults from both sides but Brazil closed out the match after 64 minutes with a 25-14 scoreline.