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FIVB Men's World Cup 2007
 
Match Description
 
Spain was too strong for Australia
 

Spanish Julian Garcia-Torres attacks against Australian Benjamin Hardy and Andrew Grant
Tokyo, Japan, November 30, 2007 — European champions Spain proved too strong for Asian champions Australia in a final-round match-up at the men’s World Cup on Friday.
Man of the match Manuel Sevillano eclipsed Aussie dangerman Paul Carroll as the Spanish won 25-21, 25-19, 25-20 to improve to 5-4, while the Aussies dropped to 3-6 at Komazawa Gymnasium in Tokyo.
The Spanish took a three-point lead into the first technical timeout after Aussie captain Benjamin Hardy spiked wide from the left.
Spain were looking well in control despite the obvious threat of spike machine Carroll and moved into the second TTO leading by three after an excellent block by Sevillano.
Aussie coach Russell Borgeaud called a TO when Spain pulled ahead by four at 18-14, although, apart from the odd wayward spike, his team weren’t doing much wrong.
A huge block from Andrew Grant reduced the Spanish lead to two and when they moved ahead again up stepped Carroll to rattle in a spike.
But Spain kept pulling away and soon made sure of the set.  Jose Luis Molto produced a punishing block to put Spain 21-17 ahead and the Europeans were nearly there.
Miguel Angel Falasca slapped down after a wayward Aussie reception for 22-17, Israel Rodriguez forced set point with a blocked spike before Guillermo Falasca popped up on the right to slap in a diagonal effort.
The Spanish stormed out of the blocks in the second set and were soon 6-1 up after some excellent all-round play. Borgeaud had to call a timeout to rally his troops, and they responded by quickly reducing the gap with some brilliant blocks from the likes of Carroll.
Spain, though, came back and went into the first TTO leading by three points. Sevillano was spiking well on the left for Spain and it was some of his best work that got Spain to the second TTO leading by five.
Rodriguez was doing good things on the left, too, and he spiked for 18-13 as Spain turned the screw. At 20-14, Borgeaud called a TO for Australia but the gap was too big to close.
Igor Yudin romped down the middle for a big spike to bring the Aussies up to 16 points but that was one of the last points. Hardy spiked long to make it 23-17, Rodriguez guided a spike to acres of space for set point and Carroll served into the net to gift the set to Spain.
A setting mix-up by the Aussies handed Spain the point that gave them the lead at the first TTO of the third set. David Ferguson leveled things with a brilliant snapped spike, but the resilient Spanish kept edging in front.
A blistering serve from Rodriguez that the Aussies couldn’t receive put Spain two ahead at 14-12, forcing the Aussies into a timeout, and the Europeans appeared able to retain that gap to the finish.
In fact, they extended it when Javier Subiela served an ace and that meant the second TTO arrived with Spain leading 16-13.
Yudin blockcd well to cut the gap back to two at 17-15 but when Ferguson’s spike was wide, Spain moved 20-17 ahead.
A big receiving mistake from libero Phillip De Salvo, misjudging the flight of the ball, increased Spain’s lead to 21-17 and the Europeans now had the end in sight.
Rodriguez spiked on the left for 22-17, Subiela crashed one home for 23-18 and soon it was match point, earned by an uncontrollable Sevillano spike.
Guillermo Falasca stormed in on the right to finish things off with a big spike.