Caracas, Venezuela, July 12, 2009 – Brazil had to take all their weapons to defeat a Venezuelan team that looked more aggressive than in the first game of this series. In the last game of the FIVB World League 2009 in the Poliedro de Caracas, the Amazons imposed 3-0 (25-23, 34-32, 25-19) to Venezuela, which gave a good show in his farewell at home.
The first set was hard-fought and both teams showed a good volleyball. They relied on their services to try to counteract the contrary. Brazil played almost perfect. It tried to surprise with some attacks from behind. But Venezuela made it things difficult with effective reception and blocks. With the score 23-23, a spike from Joao Paulo Tavares and an offensive mistake of Carlos Luna gave the set to the visitors.
Venezuela started the second set 6-0 advantage with a service led by Luna. Brazil was able to discount, but Venezuelans recovered the difference of six points on the scoreboard (16-10) thanks to its accurate and very good defense. The host team went to the Giba to try to counter their attacks, and that strategy gave good results.
However, the Brazilians managed to recover by using their powerful offensive. After placing the board 23-23, both teams were able to define the set. It was a tough battle which ultimately was resolved with a service mistake by Luis Díaz (point 33) and a strong one by Rodrigo do Nascimento (34).
The third set was totally different. Brazil imposed his game without difficulty, while Venezuela lost the rhythm of the game and it complicated itself with forced errors.
Brazil, which qualified for the Final Round the last Friday, and Venezuela will face again next weekend, but the city of Belo Horizonte. They both held the latest series of the Intercontinental Round.