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Brazil win 2009 World League with win over Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia, July 26, 2009 - Brazil defeated Serbia 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 15-12) on Sunday to be crowned 2009 FIVB World League champion.
The hosts won the first set 25-22 after a tough struggle with the Brazilians. The excellent match continued during the second set, with an amazing crowd, all 22,680 of them, screaming at every point, only this time Brazil was more successful in winning 25-23.
Serbia came close in the third frame but it wasn't enough to restore the lead, but in the fourth - the most exciting set of the match - Serbia won to force a tiebreak.
The block of Dragan Stankovic, Nikic Milos, Ivan Miljkovic won the first point of the match for the Serbian team. Serbia kept on rolling, taking a 5-2 lead. Owing to good serves from Giba, the Brazilan team leveled at 5-5. By the first technical timeout, Serbia enjoyed a 1-point difference. The teams traded points until the second TTO, when Serbia upped the tempo and took a 2-point advantage thanks to brilliant play from the 'Blue Boys.' Miljkovic served an ace to ensure his team the biggest lead in this set. After a failed attack from Nikic, Brazil reduced the gap to only 1 point. Serbia scored the set point thanks to a fabulous smash from Miljkovic, the top scorer in the frame with 9 points on 18 attempts.
The Brazilian team won the opening point of the second set. The teams traded points until the first TTO, Bernardo Rezende's men enjoying a 2-point difference. Brazil held the lead before the second TTO, winning a few good points despite the eagerness their opponent. Neither teams allowed the other to take the lead until 22-22, when Brazil took the initiative with 2 set points, the second of which was realized.
Brazil rushed out to a 3-0 lead in the third set and maintained it until the first TTO (8-4). Serbia coach Igor Kolakovic introduced Andrija Geric for Stankovic in an attempt to improve the block. In spite of that, Brazil led by 6 points, 12-6, and stretched the difference to 16-8 by the second TTO. After a block from Marko Podrascanin, Serbia scored 2 points in a row. Kolakovic's side managed to reduce the gap to 18-14 and with Sasa Starovic on for Miljkovic, Serbia won 2 extremely important points to close the gap to 21-17. Although they missed two set points, the Brazilians eventually secured the third set.
There wasn't any great advantage at the beginning of the fourth set, although Brazil led most of the time. After the second TTO, Serbia succeeded in taking a 2-point lead. Brazil reached the second TTO leading 16-15. The teams traded points until 21-21, when Brazil won a contentious point that was settled only after a long consultation between the referees. Two great serves from Podrascanin followed, and 2 points for Serbia were won. After a failed attack from Neves Leandro Vissoto, Serbia scored the set.
The fifth set began the same way and Brazil won the first two points. Serbia was the first to take a big advantage, 6-3, sustaining the lead to the TTO (8-5). Rezende's boys leveled at 10-10 and the match ended in favor of Brazil once again, even despite the absence of injured middle blocker Rodrigao.


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