Belo Horizonte, Brazil, July 19, 2009 – It was a terrific farewell here Sunday as almost 18,000 fan saw Brazil beat Venezuela 3-0 (25-20, 25-22 and 25-15 ) at Mineirinho Gymnasium, in Belo Horizonte. It was the last match played by the reigning world champions in front of its admirers in the FIVB World League 2009.
With 33 points obtained in the Pool D and a 11-1 win record, the best among the 16 participants, Brazil was the first placed of the group and moves now to Serbia, where the Final Round will be played. Venezuela, for its side, had a single win in the Pools Round, achieving a total punctuation of five points.
In the Final Round, that will start next Wednesday, Brazil will play against Cuba and Argentina in the Pool F, as host Serbia, Russia and the USA are the components of Pool E. First and second placed of each pool advance to the semifinal.
Venezuelan Luis Diaz was the top scorer of the match played in Belo Horizonte with 19 points. In the Brazilian side, the best player was wing-spiker Thiago Alves, which scored 10 points.
Counting on the good distribution of setter Bruno Rezende, Brazil started the match in a good shape and scored 5-3 with wing-spiker Murilo Endres flying from the backcourt to spike. Imposing its rhythm, Brazil easily scored 16-12 in the second technical timeout with captain Giba serving powerfully. In the end, Venezuelan middle-blocker Freddy Cedeno served out and gave Brazil the win: 25-20.
In the second set, Brazilian Head Coach Bernardo Rezende made several changes in the team, replacing Bruno, Giba, Murilo and Vissoto for Marlon, Thiago Alves, Joao Paulo and Rivaldo, respectively. Even with the changes, Brazil kept the control of the match and scored 16-15 in the second TTO when Venezuelan Thomas Ereu spiked out. Then, Thiago Alves scored two serve points in a row and got the team safer in the partial. As in the first set, a serve error, now committed by Ismel Ramos, confirmed Brazilian win: 25-22.
Brazil started the third set in a good form and did not have many trouble to have an 8-3 lead in the first TTO with opposite Rivaldo spiking. With Thiago Alves flying from the backcourt to score, Brazil achieved a 14-6 lead. Brazil kept the save advantage until the end of the set and confirmed its 11th win in the World League with middle-blocker Lucas Saatkamp spiking powerfully: 25-15.