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Men's World Cup 2003 - Match description Info

Match description

Venezuela beat Egypt 3-1 (31-29, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21) - duration 1:40
30-Nov, start time: 12:05, end time: 13:45 - Attendance: 900
Venezuela Finish World Cup on Winning Note
Venezuela ended their World Cup on a winning note when they defeated basement outfit Egypt 3-1 at Site B in Tokyo. The South Americans claimed their fourth victory from 11 games with a 31-29, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21 win that left their North African rivals rooted to the bottom of the standings in 12th place.
Egypt looked far sharper than during yesterday's loss against Tunisia, while Venezuela lacked their usual aggressive attacking edge in the absence of regular captain Ernardo Gomez, unavailable after hurting his left ankle in their defeat to Canada.
Indeed, it was Egypt who looked more settled as they opened a 15-12 with some efficient spiking from Youssef Saleh Fathy and Shehata Nehad Mohamed. Captain Awad Hamdy Elsafy was also in typically powerful form as Egypt moved 21-18 ahead. But Venezuela stand-in captain Thomas Ereu refused to give up and sparked a comeback, the South Americans saving six set points before taking the game on their second set point.
But Venezuela were clearly struggling and allowed Egypt to open a 9-6 lead in the second. They trailed until a block from Fredy Cedeno moved them 18-17 ahead, after which the powerful spiking of Carlos Tejeda and Luis Diaz enabled them to see out the set.
In a scrappy third, Venezuela were still way below par as they allowed a 16-13 lead turn into a 17-20 deficit, eventually losing the set to a block and spike from Awad Eslam Mohamed.
While Egypt continued to fight, Venezuela's defense and service fell apart at the start of the fourth, allowing Egypt to come back from 4-5 down to lead 15-12. But gradually the superior power and athleticism of Venezuela shone through as they claimed the match.