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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Argentina beat Italy 3-1 (25-17, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20) - duration 1:43
06-Oct, start time: 20:10, end time: 21:53 - Attendance: 10,250
Argentina extends winning streak to six matches
Host Argentina defeated Italy in the last match of the second round Pool G of the 2002 Men's World Championship at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires. The sensational win over the three times World Champion put the South Americans on the first position in this group. Argentina will play against France in the quarterfinal scheduled for Wednesday in Buenos Aires. Italy meets Brazil in Cordoba.
Argentina started the match very concentrated. The block, reception and spike of the home crowd favorite was perfect, so Italy couldn't follow the opponent. The Italian coach Andrea Anastasi had rearrange his team. Argentina didn't lose its solid game and maintained the high level till the end of the set (25-17).
The second set began equal. Italy didn't make as much unforced error as in the first set and the spikes of Andrea Sartoretti (seven points) permits them to lead the score 13-7. Argentina reduced the performance that the still undefeated team showed in the first set, but the good reception of Pablo Meana and the attacks of Jorge Elgueta (nine points in this set) were not enough to win the set. Italy equaled the match by winning the second set.
The beginning of the third set was as equal as the second, but Argentina took a small lead thanks to two consecutives blocks of Jorge Elgueta. On the other hand, the Italians were not able to defend the Argentine attacks. Moreover the great performance of Marcos Milinkovic (11 points in this set) was the key that allowed Argentina to get the third set.
In the fourth set, the spikes of Gaston Giani (five points) and Marcos Milinkovic (six points) plus the good performance in the block were the main reason Argentina grabbed the victory. The South Americans took advantage of it and finished defeating the last three time World Champion.
Jorge Elgueta was the best scorer with 22 points.
/ajm