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Men's World Cup 2003 - Match description Info

Match description

Brazil beat U.S.A. 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-23) - duration 1:16
29-Nov, start time: 12:30, end time: 13:46 - Attendance: 5,870
Brazilian victory settles two Olympic tickets
Brazil and Italy are the first teams to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics after both teams are assured of a top three finish at the 2003 Men's World Cup following Brazil's straight sets win over USA in the Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday.

The world champions' comprehensive victory, their 10th of the tournament, maintained their unbeaten record and with set ratio in their favour, only Japan now stands between them and their first ever World Cup title on Sunday. Brazil's first set win actually ensured their Olympic spot but the 3-0 victory extinguished USA's hopes of claiming a top three spot on set ratio, therefore guaranteeing Italy a spot in the medals.

Unlike Friday's match against Italy, USA made a better start in this match, staying in touch with the 2003 World League title holders in the first set and actually took the lead at 14-13. But Brazil soon bounced back in front at 19-17, surely inspired by the animated antics of coach Bernardo Rezende on the sideline before USA spiked out to close the set to ensure Brazil's Olympic ticket.

The lead seesawed again in the second set with Nalbert proving to be his clinical best for Brazil and Brook Billings taking on the majority of offensive duties for USA but it was Gustavo who pulled a superb sequence of back court defence followed by a power serve, which gave the South Americans an 11-7 lead. With Anderson and MIP Giovane also adding weight to the Brazilian attack the favourites maintained their lead until USA closed again to 22-21 thanks to some excellent serving from Clayton Stanley. However the last play belonged to Brazil and it was fitting that Gustavo blocked to finish off the set.

The start of the third set belonged to USA as they took a 4-1 lead but three serves from Gustavo, including an ace tied the set up at 9-9. Before long Brazil's block was working again and it was left for Anderson to spike and seal their Olympic tickets.