Upping the ante on day 3 of the World League Finals
Canada will be hoping to keep the celebration going with a win against Brazil on Friday evening|
Switzerland, July 19, 2013 – Following
a dramatic second day of action in the World League Finals, the heat is
still on as Canada and Brazil prepare to go head-to-head in the first of two
matches in Mar del Plata on Friday. Still riding high on its win against
Bulgaria yesterday, Italy will then take on hosts Argentina in the second match
of the day.
Canada v. Brazil - July 19, 2013 – 19.30 (GMT) / 16:30 (local
– nine time World League winners – will be looking to avoid elimination following
their loss to Russia on the opening day. And Team Canada seem poised to
give them a run for their money after
pulling off one of the biggest wins in their history on Thursday defeating Olympic
champions and world no. 2 Russia. Victory against Brazil will guarantee
that Canada will win Pool E and book its place in the semifinals.
entering Friday’s match, Canada and Brazil are level pegging with both securing
wins in nine World League matches this year, the most in the 2013 tournament.
Brazil and Canada have played 16 times in the World League with Brazil holding
a commanding 13-3 edge. Team Canada will have their work cut out for them as
Brazil has never failed to win a set in a World League match against Canada.
Italy v. Argentina - July 19, 2013 – 23:00 (GMT) / 20:00 (local time)
defeating Bulgaria in its first match on Thursday, Italy can secure top spot
in Pool C and a spot in the semifinals if they beat Argentina on Friday. With Argentina
having lost their opening match to Bulgaria on Wednesday, they need to defeat Italy to
force a three-way tie in Pool D as a loss would see them eliminated from the
overall World League play, Italy holds a 9-5 advantage over Argentina, with two
of those 14 matches taking place in the Final round.
LEAGUE FINALS – DAY 3 – STATISTICS
Canada v Brazil
-After Thursday's upset win over Russia,
Canada carries a seven-match World League winning streak into Friday's clash
with Brazil. Canada's last loss was against Portugal on 8 June.
-Canada holds its fate in its own hands; victory against Brazil will guarantee
that Canada wins Pool E and books a place in the semifinals.
-Canada can become the fourth country in World League history to win its first
two Final Round matches, after Italy (1990), Bulgaria (1994) and Serbia and
Montenegro (2003). (Serbia also did this in 2008, but it is considered the same
entity as Serbia and Montenegro for this purpose.)
-Canada has dropped only six sets in its current seven-match World League
-Canada's last two wins, against Japan in the Intercontinental Round and
against Russia in the Final Round, were both decided in five sets. If Canada
defeats Brazil in five sets, it will be the first time Canada has won three
consecutive World League matches that all went to five sets. It previously won
two straight in 2000 (both against Argentina).
storming through Pool A in the Intercontinental Round with a 9-1 record, Brazil
will be eliminated if it falls to Canada, following Wednesday's first-up loss
Brazil fails to reach the semifinals, it would mark the second straight year
that Brazil would finish outside the top four in the World League, following
last year's sixth place finish. The last time Brazil had consecutive finishes
outside the top four was when it finished fifth in three straight years from
has lost four straight World League finals matches and can make it five
straight losses for the first time in its history. Brazil also lost four
straight finals matches in 1996-97.
has lost its last three finals matches that have gone to five sets (v Russia in
2011 and v Poland last year). Prior to this streak, Brazil had never lost
back-to-back five-set World League finals matches. It maintains a 14-7 record
in five-set World League finals matches.
winning the match, Brazil would reach 999 sets won in World League play. No
other country has reached 900, though Italy could do so before the end of the
tournament (currently 894 entering Friday's play).
-Brazil and Canada have played 16 times in
the World League – all coming in the Intercontinental Round – with Brazil
holding a commanding 13-3 edge.
-Their most recent World League meetings
came in 2012, when Brazil won three out of four.
-Brazil has never failed to win a set in a
World League match against Canada. Canada's three wins have been in either five
sets (twice) or four sets (once).
-Entering Friday's match, Canada and Brazil
have both won nine World League matches this year, the most in the 2013
Italy v Argentina
defeating Bulgaria in its first match on Thursday, Italy can secure top spot in
Pool D and a spot in the semifinals by defeating Argentina on Friday.
can win consecutive matches in the World League finals for the first time since
Italy qualifies for the semifinals, it will ensure its first top-four finish in
the World League since 2004. Italy's best finish in the last eight years is
sixth (2006, 2010-11).
last 10 wins in the World League finals have all come against European
opposition. Its last win in the World League finals against a non-European team
was against Cuba in 2001.
match will be Italy's 370th match in the World League. Only Brazil, which plays
its 387th match on Friday, has played more World League matches.
lost its opening match against Bulgaria, which subsequently lost to Italy,
Argentina needs to defeat Italy to force a three-way tie in Pool D. A loss
would see the Argentines eliminated from the tournament.
has lost 10 consecutive World League matches, its third-longest World League
losing streak. Argentina previously lost 17 matches in a row from 2009-11 and
14 matches in a row from 2006-09.
is 2-10 in its 12 previous World League finals matches. Both victories came in
2011, and both came against the two other teams in Pool D in the 2013 finals:
Italy and Bulgaria.
loss to Italy would see Argentina wrap up its 2013 World League campaign with
just one win (in the opening match against the USA), after winning six matches
in 2012 and 11 matches in 2011.
overall World League play, Italy holds a 9-5 advantage over Argentina. Thirteen
of those 14 matches were played from 1998-2001.
of those 14 matches were in the Final Round, with Italy winning in 1999 and
Argentina exacting revenge in 2011 in their last World League meeting.
their previous Final Round meetings were decided in four sets. Italy won the
first set in both matches.
has dominated Argentina at major championships with a 6-1 record Olympic and
world championship level. Argentina's only win at this level came at the 2002
world championships in Buenos Aires.
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