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FIVB Men's World Championship Japan 2006
 
Match Description
 
Guidara guides Tunisia to five-set victory
 

Tunisia captain Ghazi Guidara gives his all
November 17, 2006, Sendai, Japan — Tunisia captain Ghazi Guidara came up with the goods at the end of a rollercoaster five-setter as South Korea were beaten in their opening game on Friday.
The Tunisians won 25-22, 24-26, 17-25, 28-26, 15-13, with Guidara winning three quick-fire points at the end of the final set before setting up Hichem Kaabi for the match winner to end a pulsating Pool D encounter.
Both teams pushed each other all the way in the first set, but it was the lower-ranked Tunisians who made the early running.
The Tunisians finally broke away after the score was tied 18-all. Noureddine Hfaiedh made the most telling contribution in the first set when he saw his spike blocked only for him to rattle the rebounded ball back down the throats of the South Koreans.
That made it 23-20 and Kaabi gave his team set point. One was saved but up stepped Samir Sellami for the big spike finish to close out the set 25-22.
The Koreans got more aggressive at the start of the second set and the 202-cm Bong Woo Yun started to look a more menacing proposition at the net.
The Tunisians were on the back foot but kept close tabs on their opponents with some solid defensive work, but a massive spike from Sung Min Moon put the Koreans 16-14 ahead at the second TTO.
Guidara wowed the fans with a stylish left-foot volley that kept the ball in play on one point and then his team slowly clawed themselves back into the set to make it 22-22.
But Korea kept their nerve and closed out the set 26-24 after Tunisia fouled on the second set point.
With showman Oh Hyun Yeo — cut-off sleeves and gold chain sprucing up his kit — geeing up his teammates after every point, the Koreans started where they left off in the third set.
Libero Yeo salvaged one point with a brilliant dive that resulted in Moon rising to crash home an unstoppable drive to make it 7-3 and the Koreans added another quick point to reach the first TTO in good shape.
They increased their lead courtesy of some more good attacking play from Yun and the second TTO saw them 16-9 ahead, and then a huge winner from captain In Jung Who put them further in front.
The booming serves of Hfaiedh were giving the Koreans trouble, but they were getting the rub of the green at the net and two close decisions by the referee gave the Asian team the set 25-17.
The Koreans quickly moved to a 13-8 lead in the fourth set, with a rugged block and then dink over from Moon accounting for two of Korea’s points, but Tunisia rallied and the second TTO came with Korea only two ahead.
It stayed close all the way to the end of the set, with both sides ending up at 23-23. Jin Sik Shin came up with the goods for Korea then, steaming in on the left to power in the point to put the Koreans at the cusp of the victory.
But Hosni Karamosley saved that match point with a brilliant winner of his own and then Hfaiedh saved another. Tunisia sensed they could nick the set, and that they did 28-26 with a big block at the net to force a fifth set.
Korea got their noses in front early on but the set quickly leveled up at 10-10 and then a solid block by Chaker Ghezal gave Tunisia the lead for the first time in the set.
And cometh the hour, cometh the captain. Tunisia’s Guidara suddenly came to life at 12-11 Korea and earned three brilliant points in succession. First, a fantastic spike, then a brilliant block before completing his box of tricks with a clever lob into space.
Korea salvaged one set point, but Guidara was there again to set up Kaabi, who thundered in the spike to give Tunisia a brilliant victory.