Doha, Qatar, November 4, 2009 - Cimed of Brazil came from one set behind to claim a 3-1 (18-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22) victory over Al Arabi of Qatar in a Pool B match at the 2009 Men’s Club World Championship at the Aspire Zone indoor hall in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday. The victory improved Cimed's win-loss ratio in Pool B to 1-1 while Al Arabi dropped to 0-2.
The inspirational Thiago Alves was the catalyst behind Cimed’s victory with an incredible match high of 20 points and crucial plays at critical moments in the match. The Egyptian star of Al Arabi, Ahmed Abdel Hay topped his team scorers with 18 points.
Al Arabi used the home support superbly in the first set, serving well through the Egyptian internationals setter Abdalla Ahmed and opposite Hay. They maintained the pressure throughout using all angles of attack from the front and backlines with Ali Baerami in position 4 and Mohamed Jumah proving particularly useful before closing out the set 25-18.
The second set saw the Brazilian side start a lot better with the block of Lucas Saatkamp and Eder Carbonera proving extremely tough to penetrate. Cimed also followed Al Arabi’s game plan of the first set and started to use the wing attackers, especially Alves who was instrumental in giving Cimed a 16-11 lead. Some costly mistakes from Al Arabi paved the way for Cimed to win the set comfortably 25-17 to tie up the match.
Cimed’s blockers were very active at the beginning of the third set as they repelled frequent attacks from the Al Arabi offence and through this they went into the first Technical Timeout 8-6 ahead. Al Arabi again used the spike service to stay within touch of Cimed but Brazilian opposite Robson Fazio worked well from both the front and backlines to give his team the lead at 16-14. Al Arabi were guilty of losing concentration later in the set to hand Cimed a 2-1 lead.
Al Arabi setter Abdalla tried to use the centers for attacking from the continued rallies but Cimed blocked particularly well to lead early 5-3 before Arabi arranged their attack to win several points on the bounce to have their noses in front at 8-7. However, Cimed soon returned to old ways by attacking down the centre which proved unstoppable and in doing so gave Cimed the match.