Sunday, 24 January 2021
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Algeria will fail in its own faults

Happy winners: Japanese Players
Japan, which is participating for the first time since 1999 at the World Boys Championship, has qualified with a 3-0 (26-24, 33-31, 25-12) against Algeria as the first team for the match to place 13th.

Japan got off to a bad start in the first set. It was 0-4 after two own errors, a block point and an ace for Algeria. Up to 16-12 Algeria could keep the four-point lead. Then Japan took on (17-17, 21-21) and went 22-21 for the first time in the lead. Algeria at the end made too many unforced errors (11-4). Raouf Nedjar proposed a service to the net for the 23-22 for Japan. Algeria Captain Oualid Zouai made an attack error that meant 26-24.

In set two, the teams provided a grim struggle. Algeria had three set points, Japan five. Japan was in the lead 20-15, Algeria was like from 20-20. An attack by Masahiro Yanagida finished the set to 33-31 after 31 minutes playing time. At this time, Algeria was in the block (11-0) and serve (6-2) clearly ahead, but 25 unforced errors - Japan made only seven - were simply too much.

Seven more mistakes in the third set Algeria made so that Japan had an easy match and was able to complete the set successfully with 25-12.

Best scorer was Japan Masahiro Yanagida with 21 points (19 attacks, one block, one serve). Second-best was Takashi Dekita with 13 attacks, the ranking according to previously played 48 matches in Jesolo and Bassano del Grappa, the best scorers.

Imed Baadji was best scorer with 15 points for Algeria, including 11 attacks, two aces and two blocks. 

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