Tampere, Finland, July 3, 2009 - Finland will have to wait for another day for their big dream of beating Brazil to come true. The Brazilians beat Finland in Tampere Ice Hall on Friday with excellent blocking and defense 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-23).
Brazil has now won all seven of its matches in the 2009 World League. Finland dropped to 3-4.
Finland’s biggest problem was that their attacks were too weak and unorganized to kill the ball in the Brazilian court. The Finnish spikers were all kept to under 10 points.
Brazilian center Lucas scored 16 points, opposite spiker Vissotto bagged 14 and wing spiker Murilo put up 13 points.
Finland started the match a bit nervously, making some mistakes in reception and spiking. Brazil easily took an early 8-4 lead in the first set. At the second technical time out Brazil was leading 16-10. The strong Brazilian block then took two more points to make it an eight-point lead and Finland seemed to be in big trouble. And so they were. Brazil won the set 25-19. Their block and defense were excellent while the Finnish spikers had difficulties killing the ball.
Brazil started the second set strongly storming to 5-0 lead with good serves of Bruno and excellent blocks. Then Finns could improve their play and take points too with good attacks. Brazil dominated the set however all the time and increased the lead point by point. At the end of the set the difference between the teams had grown to 10 points (25-15).
In the third set Finland started to make a good fight. Spikers could kill the ball better and also defense was digging balls well. Finland took 8-6 lead and was still leading at 16-15. Then Brazil crabbed next six points turning the numbers to their advantage 21-16. Finland took the next three points and their good fight continued. The set was tied at 23-23. Then Finnish Antti Siltala hit too long serve and Olli Kunnari spiked the ball out of bounds. The set to Brazil 25-23.