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Women s Olympic Games 2004 - Press Conference

Press conference

Brazil beat Greece 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-11) - duration 1:15
20-Aug, start time: 16:00, end time: 17:15 - Attendance: 8'500
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Brazil silence Greece to remain unbeaten
Favourites Brazil swept past Greece to stay undefeated at the head of Pool A and confirm their billing as favourites for Tuesday's quarterfinals.

The result, Brazil's fourth win on the trot, means Greece, with one win from four matches, must rely on Italy beating Kenya on Friday and Kenya losing to Japan on the final day. A Greek win over Italy on the final day will confirm a quarterfinal spot for the hosts otherwise set ratio will come into the equation.

The first set went point-by-point. Greece, guided by sisters GKARAGKOUNI, Maria GKARAGKOUNI and Niki GKARAGKOUNI, managed to prevent Brazil from taking charge of the set. But with the score at 22-21 in Brazil's favour, Erika COIMBRA stepped up and with successive spikes and the deciding kill-block the 24-year-old Brazilian star led her team to a 25-22 win.

The world number two was quickly in their stride in the second set, marching out to a 5-1 lead before Greece came back with some good attacking combinations to bring the score back to 16-15. However, the World Grand Prix champions kicked again to lead 21-17 before sitting on match point at 24-19. But good blocking and defense by Greece cut the margin to 24-22 before Fabiana CLAUDINO's spike gave Greece a reality check as Brazil claimed the set to go 2-0 up.

The bitter blow at the end of the second set stemmed any sort of resurgence from the home side and it only took Brazil 19 minutes to claim the final set on the back of some excellent serving (three aces in the third set, five in total).

CLAUDINO (14 points), COIMBRA (13) and Marianne STEINBRECHER (13) were the top scorers for Brazil, while Niki GKARAGKOUNI (11), Maria GKARAGKOUNI (8) and Sofia IORDANIDOU (8) led the hosts in scoring.

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