Belgium celebrates victory over Brazil
South American champions started aggressively 8-3 through their spikers Aurelio Figueiredo and Levi Cabral, and increased to 16-6 with Murilo Radke and Isac Santos. The European team could gain some points thanks to the good work of Pieter Verhees and Ruben Van Hirtum. Belgium shortens the difference 22-20 and the Brazilian coach asked for a time out. Brazil players reacted and win 25-21.
The second set was for tied for both teams but Belgium managed to lead 8-6, until Brazil draw 14-14 and with two mistakes allowed the Europeans continue leading 16-15 and 21-19 due the smart play of setter Yves Kruyner. Brazilians changed their setter with Rodrigo Menicucci on the court and draw again 22-22. A row of draws went to 25-25, 26-26, 27-27 and 28-28 until the Belgium side won 30-28 with a high-spirited attitude.
In the third set Belgium went ahead from the start against a frightened Brazilian side that could not react against the European lead 8-2 and then 13-2 with libero Willem Van Renterghem in a good afternoon. The technical advantage continues 16-7. Brazilian coach tried new strategies without success with Anderson Ventura on the court. Belgium had no problems to win easily this one 25-16.
In the fourth set the Brazilian side had a positive reaction trying to force a tie-breaker and leading 4-2 and 8-4 through Mauricio Silva spikes. The six times world champions maintain the advantage 16-10 and reached the set point through the service of Aurelio Figueiredo 25-17.
The tie-breaker went point by point in an exciting row of draws were both teams gave the best of their capacity. But it was Brazil who reached the 8-7. Belgium turned things up 12-9. Again the excitement returned with the tied 13-13, and Brazil lost a match point 14-13 due the good spike of Kevin Klinkenberg. That was the key moment for the Belgium victory 17-15 that allows them to play for the fifth place on Sunday.