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Match descriptive

Brazil beat Netherlands 3-1 (25-22, 24-26, 25-21, 25-19) - duration 1:53
19-Aug, start time: 11:00, end time: 12:53 - Attendance: 4'150
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Mighty Brazil maintain unbeaten record
Brazil were coming off a tough five-set thriller against Italy on Tuesday while the Netherlands were looking for their second win of the tournament after losing btheir last match to USA. And it was the Dutch who came out firing in the early stages. Richard SCHUIL was incredible on attack, unleashing spike after spike and he guided his team to a 16-12 lead. But there is one thing about this champion Brazilian side that when they are down it is when they are at their most dangerous. Middle blocker Gustavo ENDRES stepped up to the plate to step up and led Brazil's fight back before some great serving by Dante Guimaraes AMARAL tied the set up at 16-16. From there the world number one took charge of the set and the Netherlands could only watch as the South Americans went 1-0 up.

The Dutch learnt their lesson very quickly and showed straight away they weren't going to let any lead slip in the second set. SCHUIL, Guido GORTZEN and key-substitute Jeroen TROMMEL were the star-men for the Dutch in this set and the main reason that, at end, the Netherlands celebrated a 26-24 win.

At 1-1 who ever made the next move was going to claim the match. And straight away it was Brazil who fell into the groove and started working their combinations. Andre NASCIMENTO was the key instigator of the Brazil dominance, using his left arm to great proficiency and it was apt that the 25-year-old wing spiker finished off the set to put Brazil ahead by 2-1.

By this stage the momentum was heavily in Brazil's favour and they the Dutch were helpless in watching Brazil claim the final set and the match.

NASCIMENTO (20 points), Gilberto GODOY FILHO (19) and AMARAL (16) all reached double figures for the winners, while SCHUIL was on-fire for the Netherlands with 30 points. Brazil remains unbeaten at the top of Pool B, while the Netherlands now have a 1-2 record.

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