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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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Brazil brush Germany aside to reach semifinals

The blocking of Rodrigao (14) and Leandro Visoto (6) stopped the German attack
Rome, Italy, October 6, 2010 – It was like a regular day at the office for the boys from Brazil as the reigning world champions advanced to the semifinal round of the FIVB Men’s World Championship after a convincing 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-19) win over Germany in Pool R at the Palalottomatica on Wednesday.

The South American powerhouse produced probably their best match of the tournament to crush their European opponents. They out-served Germany 5-1 in aces and edged them 3-2 in blocks. Murilo Endres and Leandro Vissotto led Brazil with 13 and 11 points respectively, with Murilo recording two service winners. Dante Amaral added nine points and Lucas Saatkamp eight. Jochen Schops was the only German to reach double figures with 10 points.

Just two weeks ago Raul Lozano’s Germany team beat Brazil in a friendly, but the psychological edge from that win was not enough to defeat one of the strongest teams in the history of Volleyball. The young German lineup was condemned from the start of the first set and had to submit to the Brazilian team’s experience and physical supremacy. Brazil took a quick 16-9 lead thanks to spiker Murilo’s incredible attacks from the second line and blocking which yielded five points for his team. An equally impressive reception rate of 67 per cent allowed Brazil to settle the set at 25-17.

Germany improved on its own reception in the second set and managed to keep pace with the world champions up to 14-13. But the Brazilian trio of Vissotto, Murilo and Santana continually blocked German spiker Bjorn Andrae who rarely managed to find a way through. Despite lower reception (56 per cent) and attack (42 per cent) success compared to the first set, Brazil sailed through the second set to finish it at 25-20.

The third set underlined Brazil’s hunger for victory and even with Germany’s key player Schops in good form throughout the tournament nothing could stop Bernardo Rezende’s team from bringing home the third set, 25-19, and the match.

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