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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Egypt 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-21) - duration 1:09
01-Oct, start time: 15:10, end time: 16:19 - Attendance: 1,000
Brazil crushed Egypt and booked a place in the second round.
On the third day of the 2002 Men's Volleyball World Championship, Brazil defeated Egypt and booked a place in the second round. Both teams presented different starting line ups as during the previous matches. The Brazilian coach Bernardo Rezende put Nalbert Bitencourt and Giovanne Gavio on the court, while his Egyptian colleague El Wassimy gave a chance to Seal Weal, Awad Eslam and El Mahdy Mohamed. Brazil grabbed the first set without much complications. Egypt offered resistance up to point number 10, but went down afterwards.
The second set was much more disputed than the first one, because Egypt adjusted its attack and consequently brought their performance on a higher level. Brazil relied on its captain Nalbert Bitencourt, who had a 100% reception efficiency. The Brazilians dominated the net game and put the set to its favor.
The final set offered a similar show as in the previous sets. Brazil dominated its rival completely. Egypt contributed to the South American victory since they had a relaxed attitude and made far too many unforced mistakes.
Both teams fulfilled their objectives: Brazil won clearly and is qualified for the next round, while Egypt gained significant experience, international presence and the local fans affection. At the end of the match the Brazilian setter Mauricio Lima said: "The championship will only start now. The key to reach the next round was to stay concentrated.
Three Brazilian players topped the best scorers list. Giovane Gavio, Henrique Randow and Andre Nascimento all made 12 points each, closely followed by Nalbert Bitencourt who made one point less.
/ajm