Both teams were even in the second before Italy took the lead and held it to bring the scores even.
France regained the lead in the third with a sublime attacking display, maintaining their momentum throughout.
Italy built up an early lead in the fourth, taking advantage of a number of French mistakes to make sure the game went to a tie-break in an already tense encounter.
Both teams were even in the tie-break before Italy took the lead and nearly the match. However France equalized at 12-12 before a well aimed spike sealed the match.