Gdansk, Poland, July 8, 2011 – Russia easily beat Brazil in straight sets (25-20, 25-20 and 25-17) in the last match of Pool F in 2011 World League Final Round in Gdansk, Poland.
Both Russia and Brazil had already qualified for the semifinals for this clash of the heavyweights. The only battle that remained was that of top spot in Pool F.
The best scorer of the match was Taras Khtei from Russia with 12 points, while Leandro Vissotto Neves led Brazil with 11 points.
2011 FIVB Volleyball World League
Final Round - Poland July 6-10
As expected both teams rested several important players, the most notable absence being that of Brazil's enigmatic captain Giba. Likewise, the Russians also rested key personnel as both coaches gave some of their reserve players a run out.
In this tournament it has become a habit for Brazil's to lose the opening set and so it was to prove again. The opening exchanges suggested that despite the changes this was going to be a closely fought encounter. However it was the Russians who soon got their noses in front jumping into an 8-5 advantage at the first TTO. Thereafter they took controlm of the set seeing it out 25-20.
The “Canarinhos” recovered their poise somewhat at the strart of the second set and soon Brazil found themselves in the lead (9-7), Despite some good blocking and strong serves they were unable to maintain that momentum and the Russians sensimng an opportunity quickly exerted control. They overhauled their opponents and raced ahead with a four-point-advantage at the second TTO (16-12). After that the game became a display of Russian domination as they took the set again 25-20.
For Brazil everything was reminiscent of their opening match against Cuba when they also lost the first two sets. But Russia were a much a different proposition. Brazil's coach “Bernardinho” changed his libero in the next set (Mario Padreira Junior replaced Dutra Santos Sergio), but Russia continued to dominate. Brazil tied the score, but they were still falling behind. When the Russians once again took the lead at 17-13, there was nothing Brazil could do. Russia easily won the set 25-17 the match 3-0 and with it sealed top spot. It's a win that will provide some comfort for the heartache of losing to Brazil in last year's World League Final.