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Brazil are the first to make it to the semifinals in Ankara


Brazil proved too strong for Iran in the first quarterfinal in Ankara

Ankara, Turkey, August 30, 2013 – Brazil are the first team that earned their spot in Saturday’s semifinals of the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Ankara. In the first quarterfinal match on Friday, the South American side worked hard to achieve the victory over Iran, but managed to do it in straight sets – 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-22).

 

Alan Souza’s great performance in both offence and blocking contributed to Brazil’s domination in the first set that led to a final score of 25-21, shaped up by Leandro Santos’s fast attack through the middle for the last point.  With Iran’s captain Javad Hosseinabadi stepping up his spiking efforts, his team tried to stay competitive in the second set, but Souza’s attacks continued to create a lot of problems for the opponents and Brazil doubled their lead with a final 25-20.  Cheered on by the many Iranian supporters on the stands, the team of coach Farhad Nafarzadeh did their best to look for a come-back, but, on the other side of the net, Brazil proved way too strong.  Souza’s one-man show continued.  He added another 13 points to his tally, including the one that closed the set at 25-22 and the match at 3-0.

 

Alan Souza was by far the best scorer of the match as he piled up as many as 28 points for the duration of the three sets.  Javad Hosseinabadi was Iran’s top scorer with 14 points.

 

 

 

 

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