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Photo gallery Italy-Japan

Italy celebrates a point

Chikako Kumamae attacks against the Italian block of Elisa Togut (3) and Manuela Leggeri

Italian Manuela Leggeri attacks against Sachiko Sugiyama

Italy happy with winning a point

Japanese setter Minako Onuki

Italian Elisa Togut spikes

Japanese attacker Chikako Kumamae tries to pass the block of Anna Vania Mello

Chikako Kumamae spikes against the Italian block of Elisa Togut (3) and Manuela Leggeri

Sachiko Sugiyama attacks; Paola Paggi blocks

Paola Paggi (right) and Manuela Leggeri celebrate an Italian point

Japanese captain Miyuki Takahashi tries to pass the Italian block

Italian setter Eleonora Lo Bianco

First referee Patricia Salvatore (USA)

The Italian flag

The Japanese flag during the national anthem

Italy is ready to start the match against Japan

Francesca Piccinini (ITA)

Elisa Togot (ITA)

Libero Paula Cardalo (ITA)