Florence, Italy, October 6, 2010 - Russia secured a 3-0 win (25-22, 25-17, 25-15) over Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence in the final Pool P match of the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship. Victory assured Russia of a place in the 5-8 classification round in Modena while Argentina will remain in Florence to compete in the 9-12 round.
The Russian scoring was led by Maxim Mikhaylov's 13 points, while Dmitriy Muserskiy added nine including three aces. Facundo Conte was top scorer for Argentina with 10 points. Russia held an 8-3 advantage in blocks and 7-4 in aces. Argentina committed 24 errors while Russia limited their miscues to 16 in the three sets.
Russia made a fast start and at the first technical timeout led 8-5, but two lightning aces from Federico Pereyra tied the scores. Russia kept their noses in front and although Argentina continued to pick up important points thanks to Facundo Conte’s deft touches, Russia’s dominance at the block made the difference. Towards the end of the set Argentina narrowed the gap, but Luciano De Cecco’s serving fault finally gave it to Russia at 25-22.
In the second set Russia, the World No.2 team, seemed to be suffering a reaction to the disappointment of their severe defeat by Serbia the previous day and Argentina took an 8-4 lead. But, thanks to Mikhaylov’s torpedo spikes and Muserkiy’s delightful touches, Russia finally woke up and gradually moved into a 21-16 lead. The fans showed their appreciation for the efforts of the players and with Yury Berezhko’s final kill Russia closed the set at 25-17.
At the start of the third set there was little to choose between the two teams, but with Berezhko’s superb blocking Russia began to pull away and it proved impossible for Argentina to reel them back in despite the encouragement of the spectators who clearly wanted to see the match continue into a fourth set. At the first technical timeout Russia led 8-4, that became 16-6 at the second break and there was no way back for Argentina.