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Iran claim double over Italy; Brazil and Portugal bounce back


Brazil's Lucas Saatkamp spikes through the Polish defence as they clinch a crucial win in Pool A on Sunday

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 22, 2014 – Iran stunned Italy for the second day in a row with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20) win in Tehran while Brazil also recovered from their loss to Poland storming to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-17) victory on Sunday as the fifth weekend of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League came to an end.

Elsewhere France maintained control of Pool D with victory over Japan and Portugal stayed one step ahead of their Pool E rivals as they triumphed over the Netherlands.

For Iran, their victory over Italy capped off a dream weekend which sees them move to within six points of their European rivals, who are on 19 points. They will welcome Poland next weekend in what is shaping up to be a crucial clash.

Brazil’s win over the Poles in Bydgoszcz came much to the relief of captain Bruno Rezende who acknowledged his side still have a lot of work to do.

"We are very satisfied. Everything went well today, especially our defensive system worked great,” he said. “We know it won’t be easy to advance to the Finals, but we still have two games against Italy. Those will be extremely hard matches, but we will fight until the last ball.

USA remain top of Pool B on 19 points despite a first loss to Bulgaria on Saturday. They will have to regroup ahead of their trip to Russia next weekend. The Russians picked up two straight set victories over Serbia earlier in the weekend and extend their winning run to four.

In Pool C Finland edged group leaders Belgium in five sets (25-16, 25-20, 25-27, 22-25, 15-10). The win means they leapfrog Australia to top the group after they went down in four sets to Canada on Saturday. Finland captain Jukka Lehtonen was pleased to exact revenge for their earlier defeat.

“We were motivated to do better than last Friday and we were really ready for this game,” he revealed. “Our block-defence was better and especially our serves were a higher quality.”

France picked up their ninth victory of the tournament beating Japan 3-1 (25-16, 19-25, 27-25, 25-18) in Kyoto. It’s the 17th win for France over their Asian rivals and sees them tighten their grip on Pool D despite second-placed Argentina clinching back-to-back straight set wins over Germany on Friday and Saturday. Captain Benjamin Toniutti is already eyeing up his side’s clash with the South American team.

“It was a difficult match,” he said. “We were very tired physically and still had jet lag. Shimizu's attack was very good today. We are happy to get the six points. We will now concentrate on our matches against Argentina next week.”

Portugal’s 3-1 (25-20, 28-26, 21-25, 25-18) win over the Netherlands means they finish the weekend at the top of Pool E. Portugal captain Alexandre Ferreira was quick to thank the home support.

"I would like to say thank you to the thousands of people that came yesterday and today to the hall, and that always believed and supported us,” he said. “I can say that it has been some years that we didn’t have a public like this one in matches of the national team.”

In the group’s other game, Korea bounced back following a five set loss to the Czech Republic on Saturday to down their European rivals 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 27-25). It was the first time the Czechs had lost to an Asian team in the World League and Korea’s victory was their first ever over the European side.


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No

Pool

Date

Local
Time

GMT
Time

Teams

Live Score
Result

City

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G1-5

A

29/05

14:45

17:45

BRA-POL

3-0

Maringa

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G1-6

A

30/05

14:45

17:45

BRA-POL

0-3

Maringa

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G1-7

B

30/05

20:00

18:00

SRB-RUS

3-2

Nis

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G1-8

A

30/05

20:30

18:30

ITA-IRI

3-0

Trieste

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G2-8

E

31/05

15:10

13:00

NED-KOR

3-0

Eindhoven

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G2-9

E

31/05

17:00

16:00

POR-CZE

3-1

Povoa de Varzim

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G2-7

D

31/05

19:10

17:00

FRA-JPN

3-0

Montpellier

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G1-10

B

31/05

20:00

18:00

SRB-RUS

3-1

Nis

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G2-10

D

31/05

20:00

23:00

ARG-GER

3-0

Salta

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G2-11

C

31/05

18:12

00:00

CAN-FIN

3-0

Calgary

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G2-12

E

01/06

15:10

13:00

NED-KOR

1-3

Eindhoven

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G2-16

D

01/06

17:00

15:00

FRA-JPN

3-0

Montpellier

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G2-13

E

01/06

17:00

16:00

POR-CZE

0-3

Povoa de Varzim

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G1-9

A

01/06

20:00

18:00

ITA-IRI

3-0

Verona

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G2-15

C

01/06

18:10

00:00

CAN-FIN

3-2

Calgary

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G2-14

D

01/06

22:00

01:00

ARG-GER

2-3

Salta

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Standings

Pool A

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

ITA

Italy

19

10

6

4

2

4

 

1

2

1

22

16

1.375

869

860

1.010

2

IRI

Iran

13

8

4

4

2

1

1

2

 

2

16

15

1.067

690

683

1.010

3

POL

Poland

11

8

4

4

1

2

1

 

2

2

14

16

0.875

691

696

0.993

4

BRA

Brazil

11

10

4

6

2

 

2

1

3

2

17

22

0.773

884

895

0.988

 

Pool B

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

USA

USA

19

8

7

1

2

2

3

1

 

 

23

11

2.091

783

696

1.125

2

RUS

Russia

14

8

4

4

4

 

 

2

1

1

17

12

1.417

658

638

1.031

3

SRB

Serbia

11

8

4

4

1

1

2

1

 

3

14

17

0.824

681

694

0.981

4

BUL

Bulgaria

4

8

1

7

 

 

1

2

2

3

9

23

0.391

643

737

0.872

 

Pool C

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

BEL

Belgium

17

8

5

3

1

4

 

2

 

1

19

13

1.462

734

708

1.037

2

CAN

Canada

14

8

5

3

2

1

2

1

2

 

19

14

1.357

749

722

1.037

3

FIN

Finland

9

8

3

5

 

1

2

2

2

1

15

20

0.750

756

785

0.963

4

AUS

Australia

8

8

3

5

 

1

2

1

3

1

14

20

0.700

766

790

0.970

 

Pool D

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

FRA

France

26

10

9

1

6

2

1

 

1

 

28

7

4.000

836

728

1.148

2

ARG

Argentina

23

10

7

3

5

2

 

2

 

1

25

11

2.273

838

766

1.094

3

GER

Germany

10

10

4

6

1

1

2

 

1

5

13

23

0.565

801

826

0.970

4

JPN

Japan

1

10

 

10

 

 

 

1

3

6

5

30

0.167

704

859

0.820

 

Pool E

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

POR

Portugal

15

8

5

3

1

3

1

1

 

2

17

14

1.214

687

678

1.013

2

NED

Netherlands

14

8

5

3

2

1

2

1

2

 

19

14

1.357

735

702

1.047

3

CZE

Czech Republic

10

8

4

4

1

 

3

1

2

1

16

18

0.889

744

760

0.979

4

KOR

Korea

9

8

2

6

1

1

 

3

1

2

13

19

0.684

714

740

0.965



FIVB World League 2014 Performances

Top Scoring Performances
32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8)
32 – Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Belgium (June 8)
28 – Michal Winiarski of Poland v Italy (June 13)
28 – Jeon Kwang-In of Korea v Czech Republic (June 5)
28 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Finland (June 1)
28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan (May 24)
28 – Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)

Top Blocking Performances
8 – Gil Marcel Keller of Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
8 – Nicolas Le Goff of France v Japan (May 31)
8 – Matteo Piano of Italy v Brazil (May 24)
8 – Jorge Fernandez Valcarel (June 15)
6 – Michal Krisko of Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
6 – Artem Volvich of Russia v Serbia (May 30)
6 – Aidan Zingel of Australia v Finland (June 14)
6 – Viktor Yosihof of Bulgaria v Russia (June 15)

6 – Jukka Lehtonen of Finland v Belgium (June 22)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
18 – USA v Serbia (June 14)
18 – Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
17 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
17 – Canada v Australia (June 20)
17 – Spain v Slovakia (June 15)
17 – Turkey v Tunisia (June 8)
17 – France v Argentina (May 24)
16 – Netherlands v Czech Republic (June 14)
16 – Spain v Puerto Rico (June 8)
16 – Italy v Poland (June 8)
16 – Turkey v Mexico (June 7)
16 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 5)
16 – Iran v Brazil (June 6)

Top Serving Performances
7 – Mikko Oivanen (Finland) v Belgium (June 22)

6 – Nimir Abdel-Aziz (Netherlands) v Portugal (June 21)
6 – Alexandre Ferreira (Portugal) v Czech Republic (May 31)
5 – Valdir Sequeira (Portugal) v Netherlands (June 21)
5 – Luiz Felipe Fonteles (Brazil) v Poland (May 29)
5 – Dick Kooy (Netherlands) v Korea (May 31)
5 – Nicolas Marechal (France) v Germany (June 15)

Top Serving Performances by Team
14 – Finland v Belgium (June 22)

12 – Netherlands v Portugal (June 21)
11 – USA v Bulgaria (June 20)
11 – Bulgaria v Serbia (June 8)
11 – France v Germany (June 15)
10 – Germany v Japan (May 24)
10 – Finland v Australia (June 15)
9 – Netherlands v Czech Republic (June 14)
9 – Portugal v Netherlands (June 7)
9 – Iran v Brazil (June 6)
9 – Serbia v Russia (May 30)

Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: 28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan; Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)
Week 2: 28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
Week 3: 32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8); Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
Week 4: 32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
Week 5: 31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Germany v Japan, 27-29 (May 24)
Week 2: Brazil v Poland, 29-27 (May 29)
Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea, 31-33 (June 5); Turkey v Cuba, 31-33 (June 6); Belgium v Canada, 33-31 (June 8)
Week 4: USA v Serbia (June 13), China v Puerto Rico (June 15) 30-28
Week 5: Russia v Serbia (June 20) 37-35

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Germany v Japan (May 24) (25-23, 25-21, 27-29, 23-25, 15-9) – 222 points
Week 2: Canada v Finland (June 1) (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 15, 11) – 207 points
Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea (June 5) (31-33, 25-19, 26-24, 26-28, 20-18) – 250 points
Week 4: Poland v Italy (June 13) (25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-27, 15-10) – 225 points
Week 5: Australia v Canada (June 20) (25-27, 20-25, 30-28, 25-17, 15-13) – 225 points


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