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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Italy 3-2 (25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 26-28, 15-13) - duration 2:06
09-Oct, start time: 18:40, end time: 20:46 - Attendance: 8,800
Brazil wears down World Champion Italy for a place in the semifianls.
During the first set both teams showed high quality volleyball where every player fought passionately for each point, reflected in the often tied score. Both teams, two of the most important in the world, deployed powerful serves as their main tactical resource, which resulted in many unforced mistakes. Brazil finally won the set because Nalbert Bitencourt's experience coupled with Gilberto Godoy Fihlo (Giba's) aggressive play.
Again the two teams charged into the second set, delivering the kind of first-class volleyball that validated their reputation. The Brazilian reception effectiveness allowed their setter, Mauricio Lima, to distribute the balls comfortably. The Italian team offered tough resistance up to the end of the game, but it was not enough.
In the third set, the Italian coach Andrea Anastasi put everything he had at his disposal on court, including Samuele Papi, still not completely recovered from a twisted left ankle, and the experienced Luigi Mastrangelo. It was a highly disputed set with a small difference for Italy.
Brazil got into the fourth set without the concentration needed to face Italy. The Azzuri took the lead, but definition was tight. Italy based its game on the tall and agile Alessandro Fei and closed the set at 28-26 to force the tiebreaker.
The match's highlight was the nail-biter tiebreaker which finally went Brazil's way because of their great blocking.
At the end of the match Gavio Giovanne Farinazzo stated that "we won because we are a team with plenty of strength".
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