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2001 Men's'World Grand Champions Cup - Press Info

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Brazil beat Korea 3-1 (25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19) - duration 1:36
20-Nov, start time: 14:02, end time: 15:38 - Attendance: 2,500
Brazil Wins Opener for Defending Championship
Brazil set off vigorously as the reigning champion took the opener of the World Grand Champions Cup men's event by defeating Korea 3-1, 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19.
The 2001 World League champion, who won the trophy in 1997 and the silver medal in 1993 in its two appearances in the quadrennial event, needs to topple Olympic champion Yugoslavia and World Cup runner-up Cuba to defend the championship.
Match-player Mauricio Lima, setter of a Brazilian team which won the 1992 Barcelona Olympic gold medal, accelerated Brazil up to an early control as his deceitful pass always setting the Koreans into wrong ways.
The South American champion left no chance the Asian champion to cope with its quick passes, breezed through in the first two sets with identical 25-21s to lead 2-0.
Korea, who finished last back in 1993 in its only spell in the event, led as many as 10 points at 24-14 in the third set, but still let five points leaked on Brazilian captain Nalbert Bitencourt's serves before taking it 25-19.
In an even-fought fourth set, the two teams were tied at 8-8 before Brazil took the upper hand to have the good of the game, winning 25-19. End