Iran celebrates victory over Poland
Iran followed up their impressive straight five set defeat of Puerto Rico on Wednesday by beating Poland 3-2 on Thursday with 130 minutes of electrifying volleyball. While the 3-2 success (21-25, 25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 25-23) improved Iran win-loss record to 2-0 in Pool D, Poland slipped to 1-1.
There was a tense finish to the first set, which Poland eventually won 25-21. With captain Krzywiecki Maciej and Jasinski Mateusz in superb form at the net, and Lukasz Polanski also soaring and smashing his way through the Iranian block.
In the second set, the 200 cm Ghiasi Mojtaba and the 201 cm Alireza Jadidi from Iran were unstoppable at the middle of the net, blazing his way through at regular intervals. First they brought up advantage of 18-16, and then closed out the set 25-21 to draw 1-1.
In the third set, Iran never know when to give up, though, and fought hard with courage to change the history of this match with succeed. Ghiasi Mojtaba, best scorer of his team with 29 points, was a spirited example, and a frustrated Poland had to surrender 25-19.
In the fourth set Poland recovered their strength winning with thrilling play 26-24 with an extraordinary Jan Król in the attack, supported by libero Pawel Zatorski that gave security to the European defense.
Also parts of this epic victory were libero Sakhavi Golmohammad, Shaban Mojtaba and Ghaemi Farhad, that celebrated the qualification to the second round here in Mexicali. Iran won the fifth set 25-23.