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Russia defeat Iran in first World League meeting

Russia opened their World League campaign with an impressive victory over Iran

Kaliningrad, Russia, June 7, 2013 - Russia sealed a 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-17) win over Iran as they finished off their opening 2013 World League match in perfect style in front of their home fans on Friday.

The first set started with a fierce battle between the two teams. World League debutants Iran went ahead 6-7, but good spiking by Dmitriy Muserskiy and Nikolay Pavlov allowed to gain one point margin by the first technical time-out. Soon the visitors regrouped and led 14-16. Olympic champions Russia were determined not to give up, fought back to draw level 21-21 and eventually closed the set 25-21.

The second set was an equal affair as Iran looked willing to gain a footing in this set with the score 7-8 by the first technical time-out. It was Evgeny Sivozhelez, who tied the score 12-12 and forced Julio Velasco take his first time-out. A double substitution in the Iranian team didn’t help to find the rhythm and the set was won by the Russians.

Russia started the third set with effective spiking and a time-out by Iran at 13-8 was useless as Russia continued to put pressure on the guests.

The two sides, who had only meet once previously at the 2011 World Cup which Russia also won 3-0, will meet again on Saturday at the same venue.

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