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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Netherlands 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-20) - duration 1:12
06-Oct, start time: 14:10, end time: 15:22 - Attendance: 5,000
Brazil sends Netherlands home
Brazil booked an easy straight sets victory Netherlands in the second round match played in Pool J of the 2002 Men'sl World Championship. The South American Champion is now the winner of this group and will meet the loser of Italy versus Argentina in the quarterfinal on Wednesday. Due to the Brazillian victory, Netherlands is out of the event and didn't reach the last eight of a major worldwide event since 1988.
Brazil showed pure power and speed in the beginning of the match, which Netherlands had to win to have a chance of reaching the next round.. It didn't take the South Americans much time to grab a lead. The Brazillian setter Mauricio Lima distributed his sets to Gilberto Godoy Filho (Giba), Nalbert Bitencourt and André Nascimento very well. Netherlands, with only a 33% efficiency in reception, was not able to stop the South American storm and llost the set.
In the second set, Brazil was still the best team on the court. The differences between the two teams was so big that the Brazillian coach Bernardo Rezende could change some players. On the Dutch side, players like Richard Schuil and Reinder Nummerdor did not play at their best. Brazil took the set easily.
In the third set, Rezende made more substitutions. Rodrigo Santana, Dante Amaral and Giovane Gavio entered the court and they were also able to defeat the Flying Dutchmen. The "Orange" squad capitalised had a small lead, but at the end the pressure of Brazil was too high. Two excellent services from André Nascimento were enough to kick the Dutch team out of the event.
The best scorers were Richard Schuil (NED) and André Nascimento (BRA) with 12 points each.
Brazil will meet the loser of Argentina-Italy in the quarterfinal, while Netherlands will take the plane home. The Dutch team is not among the last eight in a World Championship or Olympic Games since 1988.
"We thought it would be a difficult match, but we gave everything and achieved the level we wanted. I hope we can still keep it for the quartefinals," Nalbert Bitencourt said.