Korea beat Brazil 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-8) - duration 1:56
12-Sep, start time: 20:30, end time: 22:26 - Attendance: 2,502 Korea joins top six of the world
Korea will play for the fifth place in the World Championship after a 3-2 victory over Olympic bronze medallist Brazil. In an equally balanced clash in front of 2,500 spectators in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle at Stuttgart the Asian squad had the better nerves and is among best six teams in the world now. Brazil started the first set with a powerful service. This caused reception problems in the Korean team. Korea also did not find an answer to the Brazilian block. But due to a high amount of unforced errors,the South Americans could not take advantage. Korea took the lead towards the end of the set (20-17) and won the first set 25-23. Brazil started highly concentrated into the second set. The Brazilians made less mistakes as in the previous set. The main attackers Paula Pequeno and Welissa Gonzaga outplayed the Korean block (13-7), while the Asian hitters were not able to score against the Brazilian block. This tendency continued to the end of set, which Korea clearly lost 19-25. Due to a poor reception of the Korean squad, Brazil could quickly take a 4-1 lead in the third set. Two early substitutions by the Brazilian head coach Marco. Motta completely destroyed the rythm of his team (13-16). Korea finally secured the set with 25-22. With Sheilla Castro and Karin Rodrigues on court, the Brazilians were able to keep the game open in the fourth set (16-16). Thanks to their good blocking the 2001 South American Champion forced Korea into the tiebreaker (25-21). Korea took a hurricane start into the deciding set, leaving Brazil far behind (1-7). The Brazilian girls could not continue their powerful spiking and made a lot of mistakes. This made it easy for Korea to take a clear victory in the fifth set (15-8). Korea will battle with Cuba for the fifth position on Sunday in Berlin, while Brazil will meet Cuba in the match for the seventh spot. Korean Kwang-Hee Choi was the best scorer with 20 points. Brazilian Paula Pequeno was the best scorer of her team. She made 18 points.