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Battle for survival in Italy

Italian fans look on as the host side clinched qualification on Sunday
Milan, Italy, September 27, 2010 – The 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship continues into its third day on Monday across Italy with nine spots still up for grabs in the second round of the tournament.

A total of 24 teams have been split into six groups in the first round of this 15-day competition where teams from each group play each other once with the top three teams in each group advancing. Hosts Italy, defending champions Brazil, Cuba, Russia, Puerto Rico, Argentina, USA, France and Poland all booked their spots in the next round on Sunday with their second win.


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Pool A in Milan
Following the hosts success at qualifying for the next round all eyes will be on Japan, Iran and Egypt as they compete for the remaining two spots.

Japan v Egypt 5pm
Japan will be fighting for their lives as they take on Egypt in Pool A’s first match of the day. The side are dangerously close to be knocked of the competition but will be familiar with Egypt after picking up a 3-1 win over them in last year’s Grand Champions Cup.

Italy v Iran 9pm
Iran will be on a roll after picking up their first FIVB World Championships preliminary round win over Japan on Sunday, and with Italy already qualified coach Andrea Anastasi may experiment. However, Iran will be looking to pick up points as the Asian side are on the brink of advancement.

Pool Ranking: Italy 4, Egypt 3, Iran 3, Japan 2

Pool B in Verona
A battle between Volleyball’s elite for bragging rights is on the cards for Pool B while Spain and Tunisia prepare to battle for the remaining spot in round two.

Spain v Tunisia 5pm
Spain will be looking to recover after two straight losses to Brazil and Cuba, as will Tunisia, and with a spot in the second round at stake the two sides are likely to put on an emotional display

Cuba v Brazil 9pm
Two of the heavyweights in world Volleyball clash in what is likely to be a sensational encounter in Pool B’s second match. The two sides met as recently as July at the 2010 FIVB World League where Brazil came out on top 3-1 so revenge will be on the minds Robertlandy Simon and co.

Pool Ranking: Brazil 4, Cuba 4, Spain 2, Tunisia 2

Pool C in Modena
Russia will be looking to continue their march to the latter rounds of the tournament and will tussle with Puerto Rico for top spot in the pool as Cameroon and Australia meet for the first time in each others history.

Australia v Cameroon 5pm
Both sides have a clean slate against each other so  this clash for a place in the next round is likely to serve up a few surprises.

Puerto Rico v Russia 9pm
Russia head the pool on points difference but Puerto Rico will be looking to down the 2010 FIVB World League runners-up. However history is on Russia’s side as they won the last encounter between the two sides in straight-sets at the 2007 FIVB World Cup.

Pool Ranking: Russia 4, Puerto Rico 4, Australia 2, Cameroon 2

Pool D in Reggio Calabria
Mexico and Venezuela are set to compete for Pool D’s final qualifying spot while Argentina and USA meet for the first time since 2007 in FIVB competition.

Mexico v Venezuela 5pm
After Saturday’s promising performance Venezuela would have been disappointed with their straight-sets loss to the USA. However they have a chance to make up for it against Mexico who stand between the South Americans and a place in the second round.

USA v Argentina 9pm
Both sides will be looking to use this match as practice for further down the line after securing qualification on Sunday. However, despite a guaranteed spot in round two, each side will want bragging rights over the pool so a fiery affair is expected.

Pool Ranking: Argentina 4, USA 4, Mexico 2, Venezuela 2

Pool E in Turin
Bulgaria will be furious with themselves for slipping up against France on Sunday and need to recover against Czech Republic to secure qualification while China need results to line up in their favour to clinch a berth.

Bulgaria v Czech Republic 5pm
The Czech Republic will be looking to reverse the result from when these two teams last met. That was earlier this year in the European Championship which saw Bulgaria pick up the 3-1 win. But with a spot in the next round at stake both sides will be fired up.

China v France 9pm
France will be happy with their performance on Sunday as they secured passage to the second round. China however are on the cusp of crashing out of the tournament at the first round for the second World Championship in a row and will be desperate to progress.

Pool Ranking: France 4, Bulgaria 3, Czech Republic 3, China 2

Pool F in Trieste
More than 6,000 people packed into Palatrieste on Sunday to see an exciting pair of Volleyball matches and with everything still to play for in the pool more is expected on Monday.

Germany v Canada 5pm
After Canada’s sensational win over Serbia on Sunday Germany will be weary of the North Americans. The two sides last met at a FIVB competition 18 years ago in the 1992 World League where Germany prevailed 3-0.

Serbia v Poland 9pm
Serbia will be desperate to bounce back after losing to Canada on Sunday and face Poland in an all-European match.

Pool Ranking: Poland 4, Serbia 3, Canada 3, Germany 2

 


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