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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Netherlands 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-23) - duration 1:17
14-Aug, start time: 15:35, end time: 16:52 - Attendance: 10,100
Brazil scores a second victory and closes in on semifinal qualification
Brazil opened the match with a mighty serve and showed no mercy to the young Dutch side. The home team dominated the opening stages of the first set completely, opening up a five point lead to 9-4. The Dutch players at first appeared static on the court but slowly gathered their spirits and managed to deliver a more balanced contest. Largely unchallenged, the Brazilians made many mistakes in defense and, as in the first match against Spain, their block proved ineffective and they failed to score a single block point in the first set.
The second set showed a more active Netherlands side and they were better in blocking and attack combinations, which lifted the game and brought back the emotion. Meanwhile, the crowd was screaming for Brazil, pushing them for every point, which seemed to stir their spirit and made them play a red-blooded match. Although the second set was better balanced between the two sides, the Brazilians tightened their game and shut out the Dutch in the third set. The Brazilians also managed to get their block working more effectively. Nalbert, who was a great incentive to the rest of the team, especially in the attack, was the most important player. He was almost faultless in receiving as well.
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