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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Italy beat Portugal 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-17) - duration 1:11
10-Oct, start time: 18:40, end time: 19:51 - Attendance: 2,050
Italy going for fifth place
Italy defeated Portugal in straight sets in the classificiation match for the fifth till eight position during the 2002 Men's World Championship. The young Portuguese team couldn't cope with the three times world champions. The Italians will play against the winner of the match Argentina-Greece on Sunday to determine which team will be fifth. Portugal will face the loser of Argentina versus Greece on Saturday in the match for the seventh spot.
The first set was dominated by Italy in the match without much emotion. However, the Portuguese team had some moments of inspired volleyball and good attitude which led to a tied scoreboard by the end of the set. Although Italy did not display all its power, the defending champion kept its concentration and won the set.
Italy started the second set with making far too many mistakes. The teams stayed almost all square until the second technical time out (16-14). Portugal displayed a more aggressive and defensively intense volleyball whereas Italy performed as if it was only a necessary formality. But at the end of the set, Italy showed its teeth with Pasquale Gravina's effective blocking which made the difference to grab the set.
During the third set the Portuguese coach, Juan Diaz gave the opportunity to its substitutes players to try their luck on the court. Italy remained the best team and played efficient without losing concentration. Andrea Giani's efficient attack and reception was one of the keys for the fifth Italian victory.
"We have played as good as we could after yesterday's defeat," Italian Alessandro Fei, who was the best scorer with 14 points, said.