Verona, Italy, September 25, 2010 - Cuba scored a tight 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 15-13) win over Spain in the second match in Pool B as the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship continued in Verona on Saturday night.
Spain began well thanks to the strong spikes of Saucedo and García Torres, putting Cuba in difficulty. However, Cuba regained control and stole an 8-7 lead by the first technical timeout.
Spain broke away once again but young Cuban Wilfredo Leon brought Cuba closer again. With five straight points, Spain reached the second timeout leading 16-10, and they eventually clinched the set following Manuel Sevillano's spike.
The second set started closely as both teams matched each other point for point. An ace from Joandy Leal Hidalgo together with a block by Aguirre Hierrezuelo saw Cuba take a 6-3 lead and at the first technical timeout Cuba led 8-5. Despite a number of serving faults Cuba maintained the lead at the second technical timeout before Robertlandy Simon's devastating spikes and fast attack helped them draw level at 1-1.
Th third set saw a number of strong sets from Cuba but Spain defended blow for blow. A powerful strike from Leal Hidalgo took Cuba ahead 8-6 at the first technical timeout and Cuba, inspired by Simon, ran away with a 16-11 lead. A good block from Fernández kept Spain in the game at 14-18, but Orlando Blackwood’s team buckled down and rode out a 25-19 win.
Spain started well in the fourth, gaining a quick 6-3 lead, but Cuba took advantage of some attacking errors to even things up at 7-7. Spain led again at 14-10 following a diagonal spike together with an ace from Sevillano and another ace from Fernández took Spain to a 16-12 lead. Spain then tightened their block to stop the spikes from Simon and his team-mates as they edged the set 25-20.
The tie-breaker was a close affair but Spain took control and led 8-7 at the first technical timeout following a number of serving errors from Cuba. Pérez improved his spiking to draw the Caribbean side even at 8-8 before Aguirre's attacks took Cuba into a 14-13 lead. An error from Sevillano handed Cuba the final point.