16. 06. 2019

VNL 2019 M: Brazil beat Portugal despite not making a single block, Serbia at 5-game winning streak

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Brazil swept Portugal on Week 3 closing in the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League.


In a duel of national teams of the two countries that are colloquially called brothers, knowing that they both speak Portuguese as an official language, Brazil were ruthless in Pool 9 encounter, saddening the packed stands at the Pavilhão Multiusos de Gondomar (4,000 spectators): 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-18). Interestingly, Brazil did not make a single block in the match but still managed to sweep the rivals. Portugal suffered most defeats at major world-level tournaments exactly to Brazil (21), recording only one win so far. Yoandy Leal scored 15 points for the “Seleção“ (7-1), while Alexandre Ferreira made 13 for Portugal (2-6).


Serbia avoided playing the seventh successive tie-break as they downed China in four sets, also in pool 9, to equal their longest VNL winning streak (5). Miran Kujundžić top-scored for Serbia (5-4) with 16 points. The most prolific player for China, who lost fifth in a row (1-8), was Jiang Chuan with 18 points.

2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League, Week 3 – Day 3:

Pool 9 (Gondomar, Portugal):

China – Serbia 1-3 (17-25, 22-25, 27-25, 18-25)

Portugal – Brazil 0-3 (19-25, 21-25, 18-25)

Pool 10 (Varna, Bulgaria):

Japan – Australia 3-2 (25-18, 25-27, 23-25, 25-22, 17-15)

Italy – Bulgaria 3-1 (25-14, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21)

Pool 11 (Urmia, Iran):

Poland – Canada 3-1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-20, 28-26)

Iran – Russia 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-23)

Pool 12 (Cannes, France):

Argentina – Germany 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-10)

France – USA 1-3 (25-23, 22-25, 26-28, 25-27)




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