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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Czech. Republic 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-22) - duration 1:12
04-Oct, start time: 16:10, end time: 17:22 - Attendance: 2,300
Carnival in Santa Fe
Brazil opened the second round action at the World Championship with a swift and decisive 3-0 victory over Czech Republic that began with a string of aces and ended in their favor in just over one hour. The Brazilians, second this year in the World League, overcome early nerves and a slip in concentration at the beginning of the third set to deliver a hard lesson to the Czech Republic, now in the hands of Argentine coach Julio Velasco. The Czech setter Petr Zapletal distributed the play well to his team mates but with just five points to go Brazilian experience won the day and they sealed the set. Young Brazilian Andre Nascimento was the top scorer with 13 points, while the charismatic and usually high scoring Gilberto Godoy Fihlo (Giba) only added one. Jiri Popelka was the top scorer for the Czech Republic.
Although Brazil was expected to take first blood in the opening Pool J match in the northern city of Santa Fe, the group will be tight with both Netherlands and France in good form.
Brazil's Coach Bernardo Rezende said in the mixed zone: "It seemed to get complicated at times because we were nervous, but we were able to get control of the situation".
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