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Iran: 'We won a memorable match for our country'


Coach Berruto in mixed zone in Modena

Modena, Italy, June 28, 2013 - Iran outscored Italy to get their second consecutive win in the World League 2013 in an extraordinary game that ended 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 32-30).

“We won a memorable match for our country,” said Iran’s libero Zarif Ahangaran. “It was a great match. We had trained very hard and fought over each point. And now ahead there is another very tough match.”

“My guys has fought throughout the all match, from the first point to the last, without losing spirits even when Zaytsev kept on scoring points,” said Iran’s coach Julio Velasco. “We were good at seizing the opportunity and that’s precisely what I always ask for to my team:  never give up.”

The win is Iran’s second-ever World League win in its inaugural FIVB World League Season. Iran secured their first ever World League win at home against Serbia: 3-2. Iran is the first team to win a match in their World League debut season since the Czech Republic in 2003.

The loss is a blow to Italy, whose unbeaten run came to an end last week after five matches, when the team lost to Russia 3-2.

“Matches such as this need to regarded as lessons for us,” said Italy’s coach Mauro Berruto. “Iran has played well and has won because has been more confident than us.”

“We played well but not as good as them,” said Italy’s captain Cristian Savani. “They played a fantastic match. We knew it would be difficult, and actually, they proved their high value. We did not underestimate them, but they started off great at the beginning of every set.”

Friday’s match was the first meeting for the two countries in the FIVB World League. Iran and Italy face off again on Sunday at 19:00 local time.

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