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2007 FIVB Boys' Youth World Championship
Match Description
China solid candidate of advancing to semifinals after beating France (25-16, 25-21, 15-25, 25-19)

China gave a huge step to the semifinals

The Asian team fielded the solid starting line-up which included the strongly-built, hard-attacking Zhichao Kou and the 210 cm Bian Hongmin, leading early 8-5 and 16-13. But France rebuilt their lines and shortens the difference with the spikes of Earwin Ngapeth and Guillaume Quesque. Nevertheless the devastating Chinese captured the opening set 25-16 with strong blocking and efficient defense.

France hit back mightily in the second set, with Kevin Le Roux (209 cm) spiking fiercely to help the team come back 5-4. But the fast and elastic Chinese could escape from this difficult situation and turned back the score 8-6 and 16-11. France put force to stretch 21-20, but China was on the run unstoppable to reach 25-21.

In the third set, the brave French team led from the beginning 8-5 and 16-11 with the good work of blockers Quesque and Benoit. Also French captain and setter Benjamin Toniutti was outstanding in this set helping his team break through the solid Chinese block. The Chinese efforts were useless as the French counter-attacked was in awesome form to win the set 25-15.
The fourth set was dominated by China 8-5 and 16-10 with the solid spikes of Chen Ping. France made the last effort to force a tie-break through Raphael Corre and went 16-13, but the Chinese were too strong and fast in this set, which they won 25-19. The match lasted 91 minutes and the best scorer was Chinese Huang Bin with 16 points.