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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Russia 3-2 (23-25, 27-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-13) - duration 2:13
13-Oct, start time: 19:00, end time: 21:13 - Attendance: 10,250
Brazil is the new Men's World Volleyball Champion. The South Americans defeated Russia in the final played in Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Brazil grabbed the Gold Medal for the first time in volleyball history, after finishing second exactly twenty years ago. It took Brazil five thrilling sets to secure the World Title.
In the beginning of the first set the Brazilian reception was solid with an 80%. The Russian's block was also effective (three points). Brazil reached the second technical time out at 16-13 due to five attacks of André Nascimiento. But Russian's block improved even more and the Europeans ended up winning the first set (25-23).
In the start of the second set the Russian's defense and the excellent attacks were the key of the European team to lead 8-4. Brazilian's attack got better and the South Americans leveled by winning the second set thanks six points of Anderson Rodrigues (27-25).
In the third set, Brazil maintained their good level and took advantage of their rivals unforced errors to get to the second technical time out up by four points. The team coached by Bernardo Rezende took advantage of the bad Russian's reception (25%) and with six points of Anderson Rodrigues the South American team grabbed the third set (25-20).
In the fourth set Russia improved in reception (86%) and it reflected in the score 8-6. The European team kept their good performance and with six points of Serguei Tetioukhine Russia forced a tiebreaker.
In the fifth set Brazil had a better start, but due to the excellent defense, Russia equaled the score. Gilberto Godoy Filho (Giba, the star of Brazil), did some excellent work to get his team the two points advantage needed to win. Brazil managed to maintain the situation and finally won the match. It was Giovane Gavio who made the last point with an ace.
Nalbert Bitencourt was the scorer of the match with 23 points, followed by Russian Serguei Tetioukhine (22).