Brazil beat Argentina 3-2 (17-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-27, 15-13) - duration 2:13
02-Aug, start time: 21:07, end time: 23:20 - Attendance: 9,315 "Samba" night in Rosario.
Brazil pulled off a tough five-setter over Argentina in Intercontinental Round six of the FIVB World League, playing in front of a crowd of more than 9000 in a packed Newell's Old Boys Stadium in Rosario. Argentina started very well and established a lead thanks to the strong defense and efficient attack from the back of the court, well supported by Jorge Elgueta and Jerónimo Bidegain. Brazil offered little resistance in the first set and allowed Argentina to take the first set with a handy 8-point lead over the titleholders. Brazil bounced back in the second set and sharpened up its service, while at the same time exposing cracks in the Argentinean reception, which resulted in only a 26% efficiency rate. This had direct consequences for Argentina's ability to attack and Brazil went on to level the score and silence the noisy crowd. Argentine coach Getzelevich tried to find a solution among the substitutes to counter the Brazilian strength and sent on Spajic and Giani. But the visitors maintained the pressure, thanks to a brilliant performance by Henrique in the middle, who went on to score 8 points. Darraidou came on for Argentina and that an increasing number of mistakes by Brazil got them back in the match by forcing the tiebreaker. But in the last set, Brazilian experience made the fundamental difference and they emerged the winners after a 110-minute struggle. André, with 23 points, was top scorer for the match. Argentina's head coach Getzelevich said his side's lack of regularity was fundamental. "At times the team shows a high class of Volleyball and then its performance falls. The priority is to reach a balance," he said. Brazil's coach Rezende said: "We started very bad and the setter Ferraro is excellent. Sometimes our self-confidence leads us into taking extreme risks. We need to play as a team and point by point." /mh