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World League 2003 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Brazil beat Germany 3-2 (25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 21-25, 15-9) - duration 2:03
14-Jun, start time: 14:07, end time: 16:10 - Attendance: 3,092
World Champion Brazil is not troubled by missing players and wins in Germany 3:2
Brazil dominated the first half of the match and even without captain Nalbert and injured middle blocker Gustavo they took advantage of a nervous German side that made some mistakes in attack and service. Brazil led 16-11 at the second technical time out before Germany pulled back to 16-18 helped by two aces by Bergmann. The world champions remained untorubled and coasted through the rest of the set. Germany's coach Moculescu brought on Liefke for Pampel, knowing the former was comfortable playing in front of his home crowd in Berlin. Germany supported by Bergmann and Lieber, held their own but they were still overrun by Brazil, ably led by the experienced Maurizio. Again in the second set Brazil led 16:11 but Germany fought back with four block points and took a slim 17:16 lead. Two outstanding defences by Brazil's libero Sergio put them back in front at 22:20 and they then went on to take the second set.
Both teams exchanged points and the lead in the opening phase of the third set then Germany seized the initiative and went 11:8 in front. Brazil's Coach Rezende called a time out but the Germans were in full flight and setter Dehne served two aces. With Germany at 15:11 Rezende brought on Anderson and Ricardo for Maurizio and Gercia but the hosts took the third set 25:22.
Rezende then fielded the experienced Giovane but Germany had finally found their rhythm and, ably supported by the 207cm Liefke, were able to pull back to level at two sets all.
Undistrubed, Brazil then went out and immediately ran up a five point lead in the tiebreaker, which, despite Germany putting up a good fight, proved too much of a gap to close.
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