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Italy's coach: "We were able to redeem ourselves"


Italy and Iran take a technical time out during their World League match

Sassari, Italy, June 30, 2013 – Italy came back from a loss Friday against new FIVB World League competitor, Iran, to win a five-set match 3-2 at home (25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 15-13).

Nearly 4,300 fans turned out to watch the match.

“We did not play 100%, some of the players were not physically at their best, but thanks to the group and the support of the public, we were able to take the match and redeem ourselves,” said Italy’s coach Mauro Berruto. "We will recover in these days before the trip to Serbia and meanwhile we will enjoy being in first place in the group."

Iran was hoping for another win after securing their second-ever FIVB World League win against Italy on Friday, but fell short in the fifth-set tie break (15-13).

"We had a great opportunity to win this match with Italy, but we did not have the malice necessary to get the victory as happened in Modena. Instead we have undergone the experience of our opponents,” said Iran’s coach Julio Velasco. 


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