Saturday, 23 January 2021
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Dominant performance of Iran against Russia

Purya Fayazi raise his arm while celebrating the victory

Iran dominated the first set with the powerful offense led by Fayazi with the support of Ghafour and Mirzajanpour. The Iranians led at the technical stops 8-4 and 16-12. Nishikin and Shchadilov each had three points for Russia in the opening set. Fayazi, who closed the action with a spike, had six points while Ghafour and Mirzajanpour each had four points. Iran won 25-19.

Ghafour and Mirzajanpour led Iran to a 8-5 lead in the second set. The Russian blocking stopped for moments the potent Iranian attack scoring with blocks by Nikishin and Filippov. Iran increased to 11-5 after block by Bagherpour. Playing excellent floor defense and at the net, Iran arrived to the second stop leading 16-9 with consecutive points by Salafzoon, Ghafour and Fayazi. Spike and block by Mirzajanpour expanded the margin to 20-11. Several Iranian errors allowed Russia to reduce the gap to 21-16 but Iran recovered with attack by Bagherpour and eventually won 25-17.

Shchadilov started with a couple of spikes and one ace and Russia led 4-2 early in third set. Iran tied at 4 with spike by Mirzajanpour and was in front 8-7 via spike by Fayazi. Ghafour broke a tie at 10 with a powerful spike and Iran led 16-12 boosted by Fayazi and a pair of Russian errors. Salafzoon restarted with one ace and Mirzajanpour stretched the lead to 19-12 with spike and block. Russia scored with spike and ace of Tsentalovich for 20-14. Iran won 25-18 with spike by Habibi.



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