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Paykan upset favorites Cimed in thriller

Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi (4) played a key role in Paykan's victory
Doha, Qatar, November 3, 2009 - Paykan of Iran claimed the first surprise result of the FIVB 2009 Men’s Club World Championship in Doha, Qatar after they pulled off a respectable 3-1 (16-25, 28-26, 25-21, 25-22) Pool B victory over title contenders Cimed of Brazil on the first day of competition at the Aspire Zone indoor hall on Tuesday.

The highly motivated Iranian team rebounded from losing the first set to win three successive sets in the most exciting encounter on the opening day. The Iranian setter Amir Hosseini and the opposite Mohammad Kazem played a key role in the victory, the first with his magical setting and combinations all through the match and the second with his impressive 25 points, earning him the top scorer accolade. Robson Fazio top scored for Cimed with 17 points followed by Thiago Alves (16).

Cimed applied the Golden Formula rule, which is being trialed by the FIVB at this tournament, more successfully at the beginning of the match but they also applied a lot of pressure upon Paykan through their tactical service game. Cimed used the unstoppable spikes of opposite Fazio to lead 10-4 before wing spiker Renato Russomanoo was in the thick of the action, helping Cimed to a first set 25-15 win.
Paykan showed impressive improvement in the second set especially in blocking through the tight block of centres Mohammad Mousavi and Hesam Bakhsheshi.

Cimed setter Bruno Resende stepped up his combinations in an attempt to escape the tight Iranian block but Paykan deceived the Brazilian team by impressively switching to their wing spikers. The tight contest continued throughout the set before the Iranian club claimed the honours 28-26.

The second set victory gave Paykan increased confidence in the third, and their more intense play forced Cimed into uncharacteristic mistakes. The Iranian team organized their attacks ce again through Hosseini who was again the difference. Kazem Mohammad scored frequently from position 2, outwitting the weaker Cimed block and it was difficult for the Brazilian team to stop the charged up Iranian side, who clinched the set 25-21 to lead 2-1.

The fourth set saw Cimed regain their concentration and start to use their strong spikers Alves and Fazio again but Paykan dealt with the situation superbly. Using their disciplined block to frustrate the favourites, Paykan marched to an 8-6 and 16-13 lead at the first Technical Timeout and second Technical Timeout respectively. Cimed set up a dramatic climax by drawing level at 22-22 but Paykan again found their rhythm to win the set 25-22 and a thrilling match 3-1.
  

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