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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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Brazil overcome resilient Czech Republic

Brazil players celebrate after their hard-fought victory over the Czech Republic in Pool R.

Rome, Italy October 4, 2010 - The evening match in the Eternal City saw defending world champions Brazil defeat the Czech Republic in five sets (25-20, 22-25, 23-25,  25-21, 15-8) in the teams' opening third-round test at the FIVB Men's World Championship.

Brazil's victory ended a four-game winning streak by the Czechs who will play Germany at 17:00 (local time) on Tuesday in the second game of Pool R, with Brazil facing the Germans a day later.

The blocking of Brazil was impressive the whole night but it really improved during the last two sets as they rallied back from a one-set deficit. The world No1 team put together 16 blocks to five by their opponents.
Murilo Endres scored a match-high 25 points including four blocks, and was one of four Brazil players in double figures. Dante Amaral added 19, Rodrigo Santana notched five blocks among his 15 points and Theo Fabricio contributed 10.

Peter Platenik top-scored for the Czech Republic with 19 points, while Jan Stokr, Ondrej Hudecek and Petr Konecny registered 14 apiece.

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Brazil came out fighting in the first set and led 3-1 only for their opponents to tie at 4-4.  Platenik was performing consistently for the Czechs both in service and in attack, but Brazil managed to arrive at the Second Technical Timeout 16-14 in front thanks to Murilo's reception (100 per cent) and spiking capabilities. Brazil eventually took the set 25-20, having produced an excellent reception percentage of 81 per cent against their opponents' 41 per cent. Brazil's leading scorers were Amaral with six winners and Murilo with five.  

After a balanced beginning to the second set, Czech captain Hudecek took the situation in hand, centering five points in attack for his side. With a real team effort, Jan Svoboda's charges went on and claimed the second set 25-22 – this despite the best efforts of Murilo, who scored six points for Brazil. The Czech Republic managed to stay in front during the third set, when despite Brazil's excellent reception (86 per cent), they closed the score at 25-23.

That setback seemed wake Brazil up for the fourth set and they responded positively to the Czechs' attacks, raising their game a notch in defence and reception. Theo, Murilo and Dante continued their spiking spree to win the set 25-21 and bring Brazil back level.
Bernardo Rezende's Selecao went on to dominate the deciding tiebreak. Murilo brought in five points and Dante's excellence in attack (100 per cent) assured the victory for the South Americans at 15-8. 


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