London 2012

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Brazil beat battling Germany as both march on

Brazil legend Gilberto Godoy Filho, aka Giba, also joined the last game of the prelims with Germany that ended up in a 3-0 win for the triple world champions

London, Great Britain, August 6, 2012 – Brazil completed the prelims of the men’s volleyball tournament at the London Olympics by downing Germany in three straight sets (25-21, 25-22, and 25-19). The result of this match was nevertheless not going to impact on the final standings of Pool B, with Brazil finishing anyway third and Germany fourth. Both coaches hence rested their starting players, with Brazil’s offense evenly distributed by setter Bruno Rezende while Björn Andrae and Jochen Schöps finished the match in double digits for Germany (with 14 and 12 points respectively). 

The first set was close as Lucas Saatkamp, Sidnei dos Santos Junior, Dante Amaral and Leandro Vissotto smashed strong spikes, while Jochen Schöps, Sebastian Schwarz and captain Björn Andrae led the scoring for the Germans. The determined European side kept the points close, but Brazil took the set 25-21.
The second set saw Murilo Endres add points for Brazil, but Germany took a narrow lead. The arrival of Brazilian legend Gilberto Godoy Filho, aka Giba, helped Brazil recover and Brazil edged a thrilling second set 25-22.
The same key spikers performed best in the third set, but Brazil’s did so a little better. Brilliantly coordinated by setter Bruno Rezende, they wrapped up a straight sets victory with a 25-19 set win.

Brazil finished third in the pool and, after the drawing of lots, were selected to play Argentina in the quarterfinal. Germany finish fourth and will play Bulgaria, who topped pool A.

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