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Men's Volleyball Olympic Games 2004

Match descriptive

Brazil beat Italy 3-1 (25-15, 24-26, 25-20, 25-22) - duration 1:36
29-Aug, start time: 14:30 - Attendance: 9'350
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Another golden performance by Brazil
After placing fifth and sixth in the last two Olympic Games and winning the
1992 Summer Games competition in Barcelona world number one Brazil has now added the 2004 gold medal to an already burgeoning collection.

The only country to compete in all 11 Olympic Volleyball competitions, Brazil's Athens title completed the four-year cycle where the South Americans won the 2002 FIVB World Championships, the 2003 and 2004 World League, and the 2003 World Cup.

Sunday's silver medal was Italy's fourth Olympic medal, including a second-place finish in the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Italian effort was sparked by Andrea Sartoretti, who entered the match as the 2004 Olympics No. 1 server (18) along with the second-most points (123). He scored 14 points for Italy in the final to rank behind Luigi Mastrangelo's 18.

In the first set, Brazil broke from a 9-9 tie to take a 13-9 lead on Italian faults by Samuele Papi and Alessandro Fei, and two spikes by Gustavo Endres. Italy cut the lead to 14-12 on a Papi kill and block, but Brazil came back with four-straight points to take an 18-12 lead as Andre Nascimento had three of the four points.

There were 13 ties in the second set with Brazil leading most of the way. After Anderson Rodrigues tied the set for the 13th-time with a block, Italy grabbed a 25-24 lead on Andrea Sartoretti's spike followed by Valerio Verminglio scoring the winning point with another block.

In the third set, Brazil only trailed 1-0 as they gained the lead for good at 2-1 on a spike by Giba, who scored a game-high 20. The South Americans had leads of 7-3, 15-10 and 24-18.

In the fourth set, Brazil grabbed the lead for good on Anderson's spike to make it 18-17. The Brazilians gained a 23-20 lead before the Italians got points from Papi and Mastrangelo to make it 23-22. However, the South Americans soon closed it out on Anderson's spike and a fault by Papi to great scenes of rejoice by everyone in yellow and green.

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