France will face Brazil in today's final after beating Bulgaria 3-0 yesterday in its first-ever World League semi-final. France had a tough time in qualifying, but as Philippe Blain said after his team's straight-set victory over Bulgaria ďAll the 3-2 matches were paid off with this victory.Ē He admitted he had told his players they would have to dig well in the match and they did not disappoint. One of the teamís best receivers in the tournament was team captain Stephane Antiga, who picked up the best player award after the match.
Brazil outlasted Russia over four sets to secure its fourth consecutive final appearance. With a second possible title at stake and the home crowd in their favour, Zoran Gajicís side threw everything they had at the Mikasa ball to stay in the running, but failed to clinch the tie-break after a dramatic fourth set. Ahead of the gold medal encounter with France, Brazilís head coach Bernardo Rezende admitted he had a lot of respect for Philippe Blainís side.