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Brazil into finals with convincing victory over Korea

Taipei, Chinese Taipei, July 9, 2005 - Defending champions Brazil became the third team - after China and Cuba - to join hosts Japan in the Final Round of the 2005 World Grand Prix after they collected their seventh victory of the Preliminary Round to ensure they will finish in the top five.

Their 3-1 (25-10, 23-25, 25-12, 25-10) defeat of Korea was helped immensely by a 23-point haul from Renata Colombo and ended the hopes of Korea, who now have a 2-6 win-loss record in ninth spot. Olympic bronze medalists Cuba also won on Saturday beating the Netherlands 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 25-21) to move to a 8-0 record.
Pic: Brazil's Sheilla Castro tries to beat Korea's Carolina Albuquerque (9), Choi Kwang-Hee (6) and Hwang Youn-Joo (8)
The Netherlands (4-4) now need to beat Korea on Sunday to have any hope of reaching the next phase.