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Only one team per pool left unbeaten

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 4, 2005 – Defending champions Brazil, exciting up and comers Cuba and the impressive Poland are the three teams which currently lead the different pools - A, B and C respectively - after Saturday's action of the 2005 World League Intercontinental Second Round.

The world number one team Brazil beat Portugal 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-23) in Lisbon to collect their third win from as many matches and hand Portugal their first defeat.Venezuela, meanwhile, jumped to third in Pool A after a 3-1 (22-25, 28-26, 25-21, 25-21) win over Japan.
Pic: Four-time winners Brazil beat Portugal comfortably in straight sets
“We are far from being in our best form,” Brazil coach Bernardo Rezende said. “We made many errors, but we are better physically. In the third set we let Portugal take advantage of any opportunities given.”

Meanwhile, in Pool B, Cuba continue to lead the group with three wins from as many matches after beating Italy 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22) on Friday, while Bulgaria lifted themselves above Italy, who play on Sunday, at the foot of the table with their first win of the tournament after beating France 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-15) on Saturday. France is second with two wins and two defeats.

While finally, in Pool C, Poland have jumped to the top of the pool with four victories following a 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 27-25) win over Greece, which followed Friday’s 3-2 (17-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20, 15-13) victory. Greece are second with two wins and two defeats, while final round hosts Serbia and Montenegro are ahead of winless Argentina at the foot of the table with their first win in four matches.

Sunday’s action sees Venezuela and Japan and Brazil and Portugal do battle in Pool A while Argentina and Serbia and Montenegro play off again in Pool C.

Italy’s home game against Cuba is the last one of the round.
 
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