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Brazil brush aside Russia to book spot in World League final

Belgrade, Serbia, July 25, 2009 - Brazil rolled over Russia in straight sets Saturday to book a spot in the final of the 2009 World League at Belgrade Arena.
Bernardo Rezende's team made easy work out of Russia in the first semifinal, winning 25-17, 25-21, 25-21 to set up a gold-medal showdown against the winner of the second semifinal between Serbia and Cuba.
Perhaps a little discouraged by their defeat a day earlier to Serbia, Russia looked out of sorts from the start against Brazil.
In the first set Brazil rushed out to a 4-0 lead. Russia coach Daniele Bagnoli called for a timeout, which seemed to work, as they went on to reduce the gap to 6-5 before taking an 8-7 advantage into the first technical timeout. After few great serves from Giba, Brazil retook the lead (10-9) and maintained it until the second TTO (16-12). Brazil continued to add to the advantage and won the set by 8 points. Giba scored 7 points on 19 attempts in the first frame.
At the beginning of the second set Russia woke up and took a 5-3 lead. But at the first TTO Brazil led by 1 point. Russia then regained the lead and pushed the score to 12-9 before a few good serves from Lucas leveled the score. The teams trade points until the second TTO until Brazil upped the tempo and took a 19-15 advantage. Russia were unable to reduce the gap and Brazil won the set on a serve from Giba.
Brazil reached the first TTO of the third set leading 8-5. Bagnoli attempted to inject some new blood into his team by bringing on Denis Kalinin for captain Sergey Tetyukhin but Brazil kept on rolling, leading 16-9 by the second TTO. Russia pulled to within 4 points (21-17) but Rezende's team closed the door on any comeback attempt, winning the set 25-21 to book a date in Sunday's final.


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