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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Russia 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 25-20) - duration 1:23
15-Aug, start time: 15:32, end time: 16:55 - Attendance: 16,500
Brazil delivers a 3-0 lesson to Russia to qualify for semifinals
The Brazilian team were relentless in their treatment of Russia, determined to finish as triumphant leader in Pool E in Recife at the close of the round robin preliminaries. Indeed, the match that had been billed as one between two giants, at times appeared onesided. Russia stumbled and incurred many mistakes in service and attack and then had to wait for the results of the later match between Spain and Netherlands - it was Spain who delivered them a crushing blow on Wednesday for the upset of the tournament - to know if they would make the semifinals in Belo Horizonte on Saturday. Tthe Brazilian team played an inspired match with very strong serves and an attentive and effective middle block that stymied the most important Russian player Iakovlev.
The Brazilians were constantly more powerful in attack and defense, with their libero Sergio performing well to help setter Mauricio Lima distribute the ball with lightning speed that paralysed the Russian block.
But what worked well in the first, was not always successful in the second set and the Russians took seven block points. The Brazilians did not score a block point until the 24th point but then made two points to equalize, both over Iakovlev. The second was Russia's best set, which they could have won but lost two set points with service errors to let Brazil seize the advantage.
In the third set, the Russians were dispirited and failed to offer resistence. The coach changed the setter in the middle of the set, trying to change the tatics, but nothing was going right for them allowing the Brazilians to take the day.
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