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Iranians aim to continue impressive ways in Day 6

Wroclaw and Krakow, Poland, September 4, 2014 – Hosts Poland and Iran, in Pools A and D, put their undefeated records at risk as the FIVB Men’s World Championship enter its sixth day of actions on Thursday at Centennial Hall and Krakow Arena.

While home crowd favourites Poland have won their two matches in straight sets against Serbia and Australia, the Iranian side have pulled victories in impressive way, first claiming a 3-1 victory over Italy and then subduing United States in five sets.

In their first victory, the Iranian side relied on the astonishing eight-block output by Seyed Mousavi and then came back behind the steady Amir Ghafour who blasted 21 points following his 16-point tally against Italy.

At Centennial Hall of Wroclaw , Poland meet Venezuela (1-1) while at Krakow Arena Iran go against France (1-1).

In the other matches in Wroclaw, Cameroon (0-2) meet Argentina (1-1) while Serbia (1-1) challenge Australia (1-1).

In Krakow, Puerto Rico (0-2) square off against United States (1-1), while Italy (1-1) meet Belgium (1-1).

Pool A in Wroclaw

Cameroon v Argentina

This is the first match ever between Cameroon and Argentina at a major tournament. While both teams are coming off losses in their previous outings against Venezuela (Cameroon) and Serbia (Argentina), the South Americans have never lost a match againt African teams at the world championships with a total of four wins. On the other hand, the Cameroonians scored one victory against South American opposition when they beat Venezuela in 1990 by a 3-0 score. 

Key facts

• Cameroonian Jean Patrice Ndaki is the 8th best scorer of the competition with 37 points (18.5 ppg)

• Argentina’s balance of win-loss sets is almost perfect at 158-156

• Argentina’s Facundo Conte and Jose Luis Gonzalez lead their team’s scoring with 26 and 25 points

Serbia v Australia

Serbia are out seeking their second victory after losing to host Poland at the opener in Warsaw on September 30. They won 3-1 over Argentina in their last outing while Australia suffered a straight-set defeat to the hand of the Polish. After a sub-par scoring performance in his first match Aleksandar Atanajisevic, who turns 23 today, was in full swing his last time leading Serbia with 18 points. Australia’s Edgar Thomas is the main offensive weapon of his side with 38 points from two matches.

Key facts

• This is only the second world championship match between the two teams. Serbia (then Yugoslavia) won in straight sets in 1998

• The only Australian victory against an European team at the world championships was off Turkey in five sets in 1998

• The Aussies have a 3-22 win-loss record in 25 outings at the world championships

Poland v Venezuela

Poland scored 3-0 victories against Serbia and Australia in their first two appearances this time while Venezuela (1-1) lost to Argentina before claiming a 3-1 win against Cameroon. The Polish have met Venezuela three times in the history of the competition winning all three times by 3-0 scores. However, the Venezuelans twice triumphed against Poland at the World League, both times in Polish soil: Wroclaw 2001 and Bydgoszcz 2003. Venezuela’s Kervin Piñerúa is the fourth best scorer of this edition of the world championships with 43 points (21.5 average).

Key facts

• Poland team have won at least their first three matches at each of the last three world championships

• The Polish won seven straight matches via 3-0 scores in the 2006 edition

• Venezuela snapped a seven-match losing streak by beating Cameroon on Tuesday

Pool D in Krakow

Puerto Rico v United States

The Americans (1-1) have played five-setters with Belgium and Iran in their first two outings, losing the match against the Asian side. On the other hand, Puerto Rico have lost their two matches in straight sets. USA’s Taylor Sander (49 points) is the second best scorer behind China’s Zhi Yuan (61). Puerto Rico and United States have never been together in the same court at a world championships match both the two teams faced each other frequently in NORCECA, last time at the 2013 Continental Championship when USA won a semi final contest by a 3-1 decision. 

Key facts

• The Americans have only lost once against NORCECA sides at this competition, 3-1 to Canada in 1990. 

• USA defeated Puerto Rico four times at the FIVB World League Intercontinental Round in 2011

• USA can lose back-to-back matches for the first time since 2006

Iran v France

Iran team (2-0) are coming off a sensational victory in five sets against United States on Tuesday behind Amir Ghafour’s 21-point contribution. On the other hand, France (1-1) lost in five sets to Italy after leading the match 2-0 despite a 27-point barrage by Antonin Rouzier. In their only previous meeting at the world championships in 1970, France won in straight sets.

Key facts

• Iran have won their first two matches in the world championship for the first time in history

• Rouzier made twice as many points as teammate Earvin Ngapeth, who followed with 13

• France are on a five-match winning streak at the WCH against Asian teams

Italy v Belgium

Italy scored a sensational come-from-behind victory against France last Tuesday after trailing 0-2 in sets to even their record at 1-1. The Belgium side lost a five-setter to USA in their opening match before bouncing back with a 3-0 win over Puerto Rico. Italy’s Ivan Zaytsev is the third best scorer of the tournament with 45 points for an average of 22.5 per match.

Key facts

• The two teams have faced each other six times at the world championships with the Italians winning four times

• The last time the two teams met in a match was in 2013 at the World League with the Belgians prevailing in five sets

• It was the first victory for Italy after falling 0-2 in 38 times at the world championships 



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