02. 10. 2019

WC 2019 M: Egypt shock Iran! USA beat Italy in derby, Kurek makes this year's debut for Poland

Source: worldcup.2019.fivb.com; Photo: worldcup.2019.fivb.com

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Egypt National Team made a memorable upset by beating Iran on Day 2 of the 2019 FIVB World Volleyball Cup in Japan!

 

Who could see this coming? Egypt have a perfect record after two rounds of the 2019 FIVB World Cup in Japan! After winning their opening game against Australia by a 3-1, the “Pharaons” repeated the same result against Iran, in Nagano. Despite losing the first set, Egypt managed to turn the course of the match into their favor and beat the reigning Asian champions, who came to the event in Japan with the strongest possible squad (except Seyed Mousavi), partially 22-25, 26-24, 25-18 and 26-24. This win puts the African side just behind Brazil and Poland in the charts as they all have a maximum of 6 points. Egypt’s Ahmed Abdelhay “Salah” stole the show from more famous Iranian rivals by scoring 21 points, including 4 aces. Porya Yali scored 22 points for Iran.

After losing the opening match to the hosts Japan, Italy improved a bit against the United States but had to lay down their weapons to the North American side in the match that was played in Fukuoka: 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-19). The defending champions out-served the “Azzurri”, who came to the tournament with a modified roster compared to the one that took part in the FIVB International Olympic Qualifier and the 2019 CEV European Championship, by a 13-3. Matthew Anderson and Aaron Russell notched 16 points and 4 aces apiece for the USA. As for Italy, Gabriele Nelli scored 14 points while Simone Anzani made 5 kill blocks.

 

Brazil and Poland are at the top of the standings with 2-0 and 6 points but Brazil are at No.1 because they did not lose a single set. The “Seleção” swept Australia by a 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-17). Bruno Rezende “Bruninho” left the court in the first set with blood on his face after colliding with libero Thales Hoss. The captain of Brazil got a cut below his right eye but returned in the second set with a bandage in place. Alan Souza, who is replacing absent Wallace Souza in the opposite hitter position, scored 13 points (4 aces) for Brazil. Lincoln Williams also made 13 points, but for Australia.

The world champions Poland surpassed the home team of Japan by a 3-1 in the match that was marked with the return of the Polish superstar Bartosz Kurek to the court after a back injury. He appeared in the line-up, making a national team debut this season (he was only in the protocol yesterday) and top-scored for his side with 15 points (4 kill blocks) although he did it through only 32% attack success rate (8/25). Yuji Nishida tallied 16 points for Japan.

Russia have risen from the dead against Canada in Nagano, from 0-2 to 3-2! Argentina downed Tunisia in four sets.

2019 FIVB World Volleyball Cup – Day 2:

Egypt – Iran 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 25-18, 26-24)

Tunisia – Argentina 1-3 (19-25, 18-25, 25-23, 14-25)

Canada – Russia 2-3 (25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 23-25, 10-15)

Italy – USA 1-3 (25-19, 19-25, 14-25, 19-25)

Australia – Brazil 0-3 (15-25, 20-25, 17-25)

Poland – Japan 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 19-25, 25-17)

Standings

 

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