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Italy beat Iran for eighth victory in World Cup

Iran's top scorer of the day, Arash Kamalvand, takes on the Italian double block of Luigi Mastrangelo (left, #1) and Ivan Zaytsev

Tokyo, Japan, December 4, 2011 - Italy notched a four-set victory (25-13, 25-17, 20-25, 25-18) over Iran on the final day of fourth-round action at 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup at Yoyogi National Gym on Sunday. The triumph gave Italy an 8-3 record, while Iran finished the tournament 5-5. Michal Lasko scored a match-high 25 points for Italy in the win. Cristian Savani had 13 and was named the most impressive player of the match. Arash Kamalvand had 12 points for Iran in the loss. Amir Ghafour added 11 points. Italy took the first two sets in expeditious fashion and grabbed control of the match with fine passing and defense.

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A service ace by Savani gave Italy a 4-2 lead in the opening set. Lasko's spike made it 7-3 for Italy. Italy led 8-4 at the first TTO. Mehdi Bazargarde's spike made it 8-5. A block by Luigi Mastrangelo put Italy up 10-6. Italy took a 15-9 advantage on a spike by Lasko and led by 16-9 at the second TTO. Iran took a timeout while trailing 18-10. Bazargarde's spike made it 18-11. Mousavi's serve went long and Italy led 20-11. Zaytsev then unleased a service ace for 21-11. A block by Alireza Nadi made it 22-11. Alessandro Fei's block took the count to 23-13. Bazargarde's spike went long and Italy took the set 25-13. Lasko had six points in the set.

Italy took a 6-5 in the second set and made it 7-5 on another Lasko spike. A spike by Pourya Fayazi made it 7-6. Dragan Travica's spike put Italy in front 8-6 at the first TTO. Travica's service ace made it 9-6. A Savani spike took it to 11-7. Fayazi struck with a spike for 11-9. Nadi's spike pulled Iran within two at 12-10. Lasko countered with another blast for 13-10. Fei's spike made the score 14-11 for Italy. Lasko spiked for 15-12 and a net infraction gave Italy a 16-13 lead at the second TTO. Mousavi's service error made it 18-14. Zaytsev split the Iran defense with a spike for 19-14. Another Lasko spike made it 21-14 and Iran called a timeout. Savani's block made it 23-15. A spike by Savani took it to set point at 24-16 and he closed out the set 25-17 with another spike. Lasko and Savani had seven points each in the set.

A spike by Ghafour put Iran ahead 4-0 in the third set and Italy took a timeout. Italy got on the board with a Savani spike for 4-1. Ghafour spiked for 6-2. Nadi made it 7-3 with a spike and Iran led 8-3 at the first TTO. A block by Travica pulled Italy within 8-6. Nadi's dink made it 9-6. Zaytsev tied the game 9-9 with a service ace and Iran called a timeout. Italy moved ahead 11-10 on a reception error by Iran. Mousavi's block gave Iran back the lead at 12-11 and Ghafour followed with a service ace. A Ghafour spike made it 14-11 for Iran. Fayazi's spike took it to 15-12 and a Mousavi block gave Iran a 16-12 advantage at the second TTO. Ghafour delivered a well placed spike for 18-13. Nadi's block made it 19-13. Savani sent a serve long for 20-15. Fayazi's block gave Iran a six-point lead at 22-16. Iran moved to set point 24-19 on a reception error by Italy. Mousavi gave Iran the set 25-20 with a quick spike. Ghafour had eight points in the set, while Lasko had seven.

Mehdi Mahdavi's block put Iran up 4-1 in the fourth set. A Kamalvand dink made it 5-1. Lasko's service ace drew Italy within 5-3. Fei's block tied the score 6-6. Zaytsev blocked for 7-7 and Italy led at the first TTO when a Ghafour spike was long. Kamalvand uncorked a service ace to put Iran back in front 9-8. Simone Parodi's spike gave Italy a 13-12 lead and Lasko followed with a spike of his own. Mousavi spiked for 14-13. Zaytsev's spike gave Italy a 16-13 lead at the second TTO. Bazargarde's spike took it to 16-14. Lasko made it 18-15 for Italy with a spike. Zaytsev's directional serve went for an ace and a 20-16 lead. A Zaytsev spike made it 22-17. A block by Italy ended the match 25-18.


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