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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Poland beat Brazil 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-13) - duration 2:04
26-Jul, start time: 19:15 - Attendance: 11,500
Title holders beaten in Katowice
Upstart Poland scored an impressive 3-2 win against World league titleholders Brazil in their opening match of Intercontinental Round Five at home in Katowice, where last year Brazil triumphed in the 2001 final.
But the match was long and hard and it took the Poles just over two hours to turn it in their favor, cheered on by 11,500 enthusiastic fans.
Poland managed to keep Brazil at bay in the opener, sneaking past at the end for 25-23. But the result clearly unsettled Brazil. who poured on the pressure to level at 1-1 with a margin of five points
Now feeling confident the visitors turned the screw in the third set that saw the Poles cave in, in the last stages to hand Brazil the advantage.
In the fourth set Andre's and Giba's attacks were almost unstoppable and Brazil quickly ran up a 7-3 lead to take early control. Both teams had their chance to take the set, but the Poles stayed focused at the decisive moments and went on to force the tiebreaker. Brazil ran up a quick 8-5 before the Poles picked up the next three points and thanks to Prygiel's effective services, went on to win the match.
"Our major problem today was the reception" - commented Polish head coach Waldemar Wspanialy. "But despite that we won and I'm really impressed by my players, who kept fighting until the end".Brazil's head coach Bernardo Rezende was reticent about the result. "Both team made many mistakes but we did more, especially in the tie-break," he said
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