Brasilia, Brazil, June 19, 2009 – After a thrilling five set match on Friday, Brazil and Poland will face each other again here Saturday at 10 a.m. (local time) at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium. The match will be the fourth for both teams at the 2009 FIVB World League.
After the three initial matches, still unbeaten Brazil leads Pool D with eight points, while the Finns are in second with four points. Poland and Venezuela complete the group.
The strong performance of the Finnish team in the first match did not surprise Brazilian Head Coach Bernardo Rezende, who said his team needs to be wary of the tactics of the Finns.
"The Finnish are very strong on the tactical side thanks to (coach) Mauro Berruto, who knows our team pretty well. He is able to develop some situations in the match that can bring us some trouble. It is important to be consistent and make good use of our serving to hurt their defensive system. We will need to be more efficient than in the first match", Rezende said.
Satisfied with their performance, the Finnish players believe that a few mistakes cost the team the opportunity to win their second match at the tournament.
Coach Berruto thinks the team will have to play even better in the second match.
"We are playing against the best team in the world, the leading side in the international ranking. To beat Brazil, we have to think about playing at 130% of our capacities. We will have to be perfect in all fundamentals, pushing ourselves to the limit. We put in a spectacular performance, but it was not enough," said the Italian.
After the matches in Brasilia, Brazil and Finland will both travel to Europe for the third weekend of the FIVB World League 2009, as the South Americans will face Poland in Lodz and the Finns will host matches against Venezuela in Tampere.