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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Portugal 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-22) - duration 1:20
06-Jul, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:20 - Attendance: 4,250
Straight Sets win to Brazil
Visitors Brazil scored a straight sets (3-0) victory on Saturday over Portugal, before a crowd of more than 4,000, even if flashes of good play by the Portuguese kept the Volleyball Giants on their toes in their first match of Intercontinental round Two of the FIVB World League.
Portugal overcame a nervous start to show better form in the second two sets.
Portugal took the opening points of the first set, but only sustained the lead of a few minutes before the Brazilians treated the crowd to a display of voleyball that proved, once again, why they are the best in the world. Their big stars, the inimitable Giba and teammate Dante enchanting the crowd with their serving skills and lightning attacks while the visitors swept through the first set 25-16, which could have been enough to demoralise the Portuguese.
Not so, however. The host side gathered their conidence and their attacking power to hold their own through the second set. Although it finally went to the Brazilians, the 26-24 tight score was a reflection of the Portuguese determination, while Brazil, perhaps now a little overconfident, was caught on the hop by a more concentrated Portuguese team.
Portugal also held their own through the third set and will be looking for a better result when the they face the title holders again on Sunday.