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Finland cause upset with win over Russia

With the win Finland handed Russia their first loss of their 2010 FIVB World League campaign
Tampere, Finland, July 3, 2010 - Finland stunned Russia in Tampere in their Pool C 2010 FIVB World League match with a 3-1 (25-18, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19) win to hand the Russians their first loss of their campaign.

It is first time Finland have defeated Russia under coach Mauro Berruto and with the loss sees the USA close the gap on the group leaders.

Finnish vice-captain Antti Siltala was at the forefront as he helped his side claim an historic win as Urpo Sivula topped the scores with 25 points.

Finland started well in attack and with a powerful serve. The hosts then used their powerful spikers to take an early lead.

Russia's tactics began to work in the second set, which was totally opposite to the first. The visitors led from the off and eventually brought the scores level at 1-1.

Finland took a three point lead towards the end of the third set and despite a number of substitutes from Russia, they could not contain Sivula, who spiked all the important points for Finland.

Russia started with a new blocker, Anton Astashenkov, in the fourth and he faired better than starting blocker Dimitri Krasikov, helping solidify the Russian front line. But Russia could not find their way back as Konstantin Shumov, a Russian born Finnish player saw out the set and match.

Finland will now travel to Egypt for their final match as Russia face a tough trip to the USA in their Pool-deciding match.


  

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