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Cuba first into finals


Taipei, Chinese Taipei, July 8, 2005 - Olympic bronze medalists Cuba became the first side to join hosts Japan in the final round when they beat Korea 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-18) in the opening match of the Taipei leg on Friday.

The world number five collected their seventh straight victory and are only one of two teams - China being the other - to remain unbeaten. With seven victories, Cuba are assured of finishing in the top six.
Pic: A very happy Cuban team
Korea, meanwhile are in eighth spot with a 2-5 win-loss record. In the second match on Friday Brazil held off a brave effort from the Netherlands before winning 3-1 (25-27, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17). Brazil now stand at 6-1 and need one more victory to secure a finals berth.