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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Italy beat Argentina 3-2 (27-29, 25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 24-22) - duration 2:25
13-Oct, start time: 16:10, end time: 18:35 - Attendance: 10,250
Italy takes sensational victory over Argentina to finish fifth
Italy, winner of the last three World Championships, defeated Argentina in its last match of the 2002 event played at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires. The Italians took a 3-2 victory over the home crowd favorite and could only claim the win with the sensational score of 24-22 in the fifth set tiebreaker.
Italy began the match playing excellent in all skills and Argentina couldn't find answer to the wing spiker Alessandro Fei's attacks (eight points in the set). Argentina leveled the score and won the first set thanks to six points of Marcos Milinkovic and the 100% in the reception of Pablo Meana.
The second set began equal, but Italy arrived at the first technical time-out leading 8-6, due to its better concentration in long rallies. The difference became bigger (16-12) when the Italians took eight points leads through the attacks and blocks of Luigi Mastrangelo (four points).
In the beginning of the third set Italy could take four points leads (8-4) with a great labor in the block (Pasquale Gravina got two points with this skill). But five points of the Argentinean's wing spiker Jorge Elgueta allowed the home crowd favorite to leveled the score 14-14. The Europeans continued playing well in reception and four points of Cristian Casoli were enough to win the set.
In the fourth set Andrea Giani started scoring more points to give the Italians an advantage of four points (10-6). However, Argentina could leveled the score and forced a fifth set tiebreaker.
In the fifth set tiebreaker Argentina took an early leads (6-2) with two points of Jorge Elgueta. But Italy leveled the score with five points of Hristo Zlatanov. The match stayed exciting till the end. Both teams had a bunch of match points, but it was Italy that took the victory.
"We were not so happy, because we wanted to finish first," the Italian libero Mirko Corsano said. "But winning a match like this, it is a good way to finish the event."
Italian Andrea Giani was the best scorer with 17 points.

/ajm