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Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Germany 3-1 (25-15, 20-25, 25-16, 25-9) - duration 1:32
30-Jul, start time: 17:05, end time: 18:37 - Attendance: 700
City: Reggio Calabria; Hall : Palapentimele hall
Brazil claim second semifinal spot in Pool B
World number three Brazil fought hard to overcome Germany in the final Pool B match, sealing their spot with USA and Cuba in Saturday's semifinals of the World Grand Prix Final Round.

The mathematics were simple. The winner of this match progresses through to the final four while the loser will play off for fifth and sixth spot on Saturday.

With so much at stake, and after Wednesday's defeat at the hands of Cuba, Brazil came out firing in the first set. Virna Dias was in fantastic form scoring four points as Brazil went into the first technical time-out ahead at 8-3. Germany's Christina Benecke played fast but the Europeans couldn't cope with the powerful attacks from Virna, who top scored in the match with 17 points, and Valeska Menezes. It wasn't long before the South Americans were closing out the set when Benecke served long to put Brazil up by one set.

Germany started the second set more focussed, with captain Angelina Grün spiking well into Brazilian territory. Some great offense from Fabiana Claudino and technical faults under the net from Germany gave Brazil the lead at 16-13. However, Germany didn't give up and they levelled the score at 18-18 before scoring three unanswered points for a 21-18 lead. Brazilian coach Jose Guimaraes made substitutions and called two time-outs in search of regaining their winning formula but a tip from Grün finished the set and the match was tied.

In the third set Erika Coimbra and Virna were back on song as Brazil jumped to an early 12-4 lead. German coach Hee-Wan Lee called on super server Cornelia Dumler to replace Atika Bouagaa but to little effect. It wasn't long before Walewska Oliveira spiked home to put Brazil back ahead at 2 sets to 1.

Brazil's momentum continued in the fourth set as they opened an 8-2 lead with Germany rueing a lack of concentration on digging and receiving. Brazil had no further problems and the match was soon over thanks to an ace from Virna.