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2007 FIVB Boys' Youth World Championship
Match Description
France gave the big surprise outlasting Brazil to win ticket for second round

France celebrates qualification to second round

France gave today the big surprise by winning 3-0 the six time champion Brazil in a continental champion match, South America against Europe. French boys did what they had to do and beat the Brazilians in straight sets (27-25, 25-20, 25-21) in 78 minutes, qualifying to the second round of the 2007 Boy's Youth World Championships and edging Germany by ratio difference.

In the first two sets, the Europeans surprised everybody and thrashed Brazil 27-25 with spikers Aurelio Figuereido and Isac Santos in great shape, but not enough because France fought point by point, after Brazil let their defenses down and made things difficult for them. With Guillaume Quesque serving, France rallied until draw 20-20 and took a 22-21 lead until the set point 24-23. Still, Brazil denied the French two set points, but eventually the Europeans clinched the deciding point in their third attempt 25-27.

Brazil got serious again in the second set and, but France was back in the game leading 20-13, and pulled forward to win 25-20 with a superb performance of Kevin Le Roux, best scorer of the match with 12 points.

In the third set both sides pushed each other until France led 8-6. The European champions were determined to win. Cedric Benoit, Earwin Ngapeth and setter Benjamin Toniutti gave the best of themselves for the victory over an unknown Brazilian side. Captain Toniutti served for match point 25-21.