Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 18, 2010 – Brazil beat South Korea 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-20- 25-21) in front of a passionate home crowd in Rio de Janeiro on Friday as the 2010 FIVB World League continued.
Brazil now lead Pool A with 11 points with one more game than Bulgaria and the Netherlands while Korea keep fighting to achieve their first point in the competition.
Brazilian wing spiker Murilo Endres topped the scores with 19 points. The opposite Moon Sung-Min scored 16 points for the visitors.
Korea started well, taking an early 8-6 then 16-13 lead, taking advantages of many mistakes from the Brazilian side. Blocking better, Brazil tied the game at 16-16. In an efficient counter-attack from star wing spiker Giba, Brazil took the lead before taking Korea fought back to take the set 25-23, stunning the hosts.
Serving and blocking better saw Brazil gain momentum in the second set, opening an 8-4 lead before claiming the set easily with a 25-14 win.
The game got close again in the beginning of the third set with Brazil taking the lead 8-6. Brazil opened up a five-point lead following an ace from Brazilian middle blocker Lucas Saatkamp and following some solid serving and attacking Brazil closed the set 25-20.
In a tense fourth set, Brazil used their experience to overcome the South Koreans and close the set 25-21 and the match in 3-1.
The two sides will clash again on Saturday evening in Rio de Janeiro, with the hosts fighting for top place in Pool A and the Koreans desperate for their first victory in the 2010 FIVB World League.