Wednesday, 27 January 2021
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Relief in the team of the defending champion

Iranian attacker Amir Ghafour
Jovica Cvetkovic noted was the excitement before the second preliminary round. "This is a very, very important game," said the coach of the Iranians before the kick-off vs. Japan. After the defeat (1-3) on the opening day to the United States the defending champion was under great pressure and had to necessarily win in the Palazzo del Turismo in Jesolo against Japan.

Therefore Cvetkovic began with a change-up. For Purya Fayazi Damnabi the player Mojtaba Mirzajanpour moved into the starting six, of his commitment with four points earned. Iran caught taking the better start (6-2), Japan had its first time out and came at 8-2 in the ride. Up to 11-11 the Japanese, who had started yesterday with a 2-3 against Serbia in the World Championship, could still offset. But then again, the Iranians went away (16-12) and drove the set after 23 minutes with 25-20.

In the second set the defending champion had an easy match and came after 25 minutes to 25-18. Especially in the attack the Iranians became better and better. Iran made 15 points in the attack, Japan had only nine points.

Another image is then presented to viewers in the third set. Japan grew stronger and was the second technical timeout with a 16-9 lead. But the Iranians were awake and started a series of five points, before Daiki Hisahara with an attack and Yamato Fushimi with a block for two important points ensured. With three massive services ultimately ensured Hisahara for the last three points to 25-19.

But ultimately it was only a small hope for the Japanese, they can still win the match. With the start of the fourth set dominated the Iranian attackers back to their Captain Farhad Salafzoon and their only 15 years old Libero Seyed Hosseini Pouya. With an attack on position four Hamed Tariverdi took care of the last point to 25-18 and a sigh of relief in the Iranian delegation to the 3-1 victory.

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