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Men's World Cup 2003 - Match description Info

Match description

Brazil beat Serbia & Montenegro 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21) - duration 1:44
28-Nov, start time: 15:00, end time: 16:44 - Attendance: 5,470
Brazil wins thrilling top of the table encounter
World champions Brazil have one hand on the 2003 Men's World Cup after beating Serbia and Montenegro in four sets in Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo on Friday.

The South Americans are now the only undefeated side left in the tournament with nine victories and are virtually guaranteed an Olympic ticket with only two games remaining.

In a repeat of this year's spectacular World League final, which Brazil won in five marathon sets 25-16, 21-25, 19-25, 25-23, 31-29, both sides were hard to separate before Serbia and Montenegro settled quicker with Vladimir Grbic open an 11-7 lead through some quality spikes. An Anderson block tied the game up again at 12-12 but the Olympic champions soon led again at 18-16 through the deft touches of Ivan Miljkovic. A wonderful pass by Nikola Grbic gave Serbia and Montenegro set point at 24-21 before Geric closed the set.

Brazil came out guns blazing in the second set with a block by Gustavo giving them an 8-4 lead but great diving commitment from Vladimir Grbic helped tie the game up again at 8-8 before the Europeans grabbed the lead at 15-14 when Gustavo touched the net. Sterling work from libero Sergio on defence and Gustavo on the block saw Brazil jump back in front at 22-21 and stay in front with an amazing run of five unanswered points to snatch the second set.

Brazil, the most animated they have been in recent games, by this stage were showing unbelievable fighting spirit and they were soon ahead again in the third 7-4. But as is so typical in a battle between two quality sides, the Blue Team fought back to level at 12-12. Nothing could separate the two heavyweights until Nalbert pulled off consecutive blocks on Miljkovic to put Brazil ahead 21-19, followed by two from Andre to give Brazil set point before the left armer sealed the set.

Nalbert's sensational form continued in the fourth set as he led his side to a superb victory, resigning Serbia and Montenegro to their first loss of the tournament.