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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Japan 3-2 (17-25, 17-25, 25-17, 25-21, 20-18) - duration 2:16
26-Jun, start time: 18:00, end time: 20:16 - Attendance: 12'000
City: Tokyo; Hall : Yoyogi
Brazil win five-set thriller on fourth match point
Tokyo, Japan, June 26, 2005 -- Brazil saved three match points in the fifth set before beating Japan 3-2 (17-25, 17-25, 25-17, 25-21, 20-18) in a five-set epic on Sunday night.
Japan led 14-12 and 15-14 in the decider, but could not kill the match.
Brazil, who had already fought back from two sets down, missed three opportunities themselves before, at 19-18, Renata Colombo drove home the winner.
The Brazilian fans in a full house of 12,000 celebrated as if they had won soccer's World Cup, at the end of a magnificent spectacle.
The five sets took up 1 hour, 57 minutes of absorbing, fluctuating volleyball.
There was an electric atmosphere in the famous old gymnasium as the match got underway.
Brazil, having won the World Grand Prix title four times and ranked No. 2 in the world, began as the clear favourites.
Sheilla Castro led the way for Brazil with some big winners in the early stages, but Japan have found a new star in Kaoru Sugayama.
Standing 1.69 metres tall and weighing just 56 kilogrammes, she was a livewire on the left in piercing the Brazilian defence.
With captain Yoshie Takeshita controlling Japan's fast and flowing movements, Brazil wilted under the onslaught.
Japan continued in the second set from where they had left off in the first, and Athens Olympian Miyuki Takahashi showed all her big-match experience to keep the points ticking over.
With Brazil's attack misfiring and Japan's wall of blockers quick to take up position, the home side reached the second technical time-out ahead 16-11.
Ai Otomo, soaring on the right, took Japan to set point at 24-16, and the same player closed out the second set 25-17 as the Brazilian wall crumbled again.
Brazil improved considerably in the third set, attacking to good effect down the right through Colombo and leading 16-11 at the second technical time-out.
A thundering spike by Sassa Gonzaga took Brazil to set point at 24-17, and Jaqueline Carvalho's serve hit the net cord and dropped over to clinch the third set.