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Brazil's coach: 'This game for us was a life-or death situation'


Brazil’s coach Ze Roberto needed the win against the Netherlands to book a finals ticket

Almaty, Kazakhstan, August 17, 2013 – Coach José Roberto Guimarães knew what had to be done in order to proceed to advance to the final round, as his team Brazil beat the Netherlands in three sets (25-15, 25-20, 25-15) on Saturday at the Baluan Sholak Sport and Culture Palace. 

José Roberto Guimarães, Brazil’s coach: “This was a very important game. It was an important win to qualify for the final round. This meant three very important points that Brazil needed. This game for us was a life-or death situation, where we needed to win. We felt that today we had really good serves, really good defence. Blocking was little less than expected especially in the second set. It became a little bit more difficult but overall it was a big step to our ultimate goal. But it’s not done yet, we still have one more match, an important match against Kazakhstan.” 

The Netherlands’ coach Gido Vermeulen: “We started very well in the first set. After the first time-out, we made a service error. They started scoring against us and we couldn’t get out of it. The second set was the same, we started very well and yet we cannot maintain the level that we have. I think we worked very well. But Brazil has Olympic players on the court, and they’re very strong. They really wanted to win and we were not good enough.”

Maret Grothues, Netherlands’ captain: “We made too many mistakes, and Brazil played a very good game, in blocking. We also played good defence but we didn’t get to score as many points. It was a difficult game for us. In the beginning. We had good serves and reception, but after, when were down in the set, it was even more difficult to play and score points.”

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