Wednesday, 27 January 2021
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Perfect start for Russia: 3-0 against Brazil

Huge Block by the Russians to Brazil attack
At the opening press conference Russian coach Sergei Shlyapnikov had complained that he would prefer to play with his team in a different preliminary group. After the first game against Brazil in the Palazzo del Turismo at Jesolo, he will surely see it different. Russia won in straight sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-23) in 77 minutes playing time and is now confidently looking forward to the next game on Saturday vs. Poland.

The Russian bears were especially responsible for their attack tremendous pressure against the team of six times world champions Brazil. In the first set the Russians got fifteen points by the attack, while it took the South Americans only nine points.

In the second set, the picture was reversed. Brazil asked the attackers better (16-13 points) and came to 23-23 and was on his way to be able to win the set. But in the end Captain Ivan Nikishin and middle blocker Nikita Stulenkov forced the decisive point to 25-23 for Russia. Brazil had simply made too many unforced errors (9-6).

Also the third set was dominated by Russians, which were loudly encouraged by their coach Shlyapnikov. At 20-18 for Russia, Brazil woke up and went to three points in series with 21-20 lead. But that was not enough to win at least one set. Sergey Kindinov for the Russians captured with a powerful attacking from position four on the first match ball. And Brazil's Ricardo Santos de Lucarelli made an error occurred that led to the 25-23 for Russia.

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