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Match Descriptive

Cuba beat Germany 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-21) - duration 1:19
29-Jul, start time: 20:05, end time: 21:24 - Attendance: 800
City: Reggio Calabria; Hall : Palapentimele hall
Cuba charge into semifinals claiming their second successive victory
After beating Brazil on the opening day of the World Grand Prix Final Round, Cuba made it two wins from two games after beating Germany in straight sets to claim the first semifinal spot in the six-team tournament.

Cuba now sit on top of Pool B with Germany and Brazil level with one defeat apiece and after their performance against Germany, Cuba are now strong favourites for the title.

In the first set the Central Americans displayed more of the vigorous attack they showed against Brazil on Wednesday. Zoila Barros was the key in the first half of the first set, scoring at crucial times to give Cuba a handy lead at 16-13. Cuba, ranked sixth in the world, maintained their rhythm to claim the set 25-20 thanks to a Tellez spike of a long German dig.

At the begining of the second set the German block of Benecke and Grün worked better while the brilliance of Ramirez and Tellez kept Cuba in the game at 7-7. Then Barros made her move and drove Cuba to the lead and at the second technical time-out the Cubans were ahead 16-10. Despite improved digging and some impressive serving from Dumler, Germany couldn't cancel the gap, losing the set 25-21 after Ramirez spiked with authority into German territory.

In the third set German head coach Hee-Wan Lee called Atika Bouagaa into the starting six and the play of the Europeans became more fluent and various, giving Germany the lead at the first and the second technical time-out 8-7 and 16-14. However, the enthusiasm of Cuba returned and it wasn't long before Nancy Carillo scored the last point of the match.

Brazil and Germany will now contest the final clash of Pool B to elect the second semifinalist on Friday at 15.00 (GMT).