Cordoba, Argentina, July 21, 2010 – The ‘classical’ South American match that took place on the opening day of the Final Round of the 2010 FIVB World League was won by Brazil over a combative Argentina 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-10) at a packed state-of-the-art Orfeo Superdomo Stadium on Wednesday.
Argentina’s Rodrigo Quiroga topped the scores with 22 points, while for Brazil, Murilo and Dante scored 20 points each.
With local fans right behind their team, Argentina opened a handy five-point lead at the start of the first set, however, some outstanding offensive play from Dante turned the momentum in Brazil’s favour at 13-12 before the world No. 1 closed out the set.
The second set saw Brazil open a quick 4-0 lead forcing Argentina coach Javier Weber to call a TO. It did the trick as Argentina crawled back to tie the set at 5-5. Thereafter, a battle of attrition ensued point-to-point before Argentina took the lead for the first time 11-12 and they never looked back to tie the match at 1-1.
The atmosphere altogether changed at the start of the third set, with a see-saw battle before the Brazilian experience prevailed before Argentina swung things back their way with an outstanding fourth set performance led by Quiroga to take the game into a tie-breaker.
It was just the wake up call the defending champions needed as they kicked into gear to finish off the set and the match.