05. 10. 2019

WC 2019 M: Brazil knock down Russia, León makes 80% attack as Poland down Argentina in 4 sets

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Brazil National Team knocked down Russia by a 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-22) on Day 4 of the 2019 FIVB World Men’s Volleyball Cup in Japan and remained the only unbeaten side in the tournament.

 

Brazil remained invincible at the FIVB World Cup in Japan. The team coached by Renan Dal Zotto swept weakened Russia in Nagano and recorded the fourth victory in as many games, further isolating itself at the top of the table.

The “Zbornaya“, despite playing without stars like Mikhailov, Volkov, Butko, Poletaev, etc, had an initiative until the last moment of the second and the third set was unable to reject rivals who were led by Alan Souza (18 points, including 4 aces). Yaroslav Podlesnykh scored 13 for Russia who suffered the second straight defeat in the competition.

Russia’s head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo will not count on Anton Semyshev until the last few matches due to player’s back injury that he sustained yesterday.

The path of Argentina at the World Cup resembles Russia’s – two wins and then two defeats in a row. Poland downed South Americans by a 3-1 (27-29, 25-17, 25-18, 26-24) in Fukuoka to write down the third victory. Marcelo Méndez brought a young squad to the World Cup, without their best players - Conte and De Cecco.

The entrance of Wilfredo León instead of Artur Szalpuk in the second set changed the course of the match into the favor of Poland. The Cuban-born scored game-high 20 points through an 80.9% attack (17/21)! Agustín Loser tallied 17 points for Argentina.

Iran and Italy are also at 2-2 like Russia and Argentina but with their campaigns developing in a completely opposite direction.

The United States are the closest followers to Brazil in the charts with a 3-1.

Interestingly, the USA’s top scorer in the win against hosts Japan was Maxwell Holt and you will not often see that the middle blocker top-scored for one team at major world level tournaments. Holt set up 5 kill blocks and served 3 aces, adding 4 points from the attack.

Prior to the match, Thomas Jaeschke underwent the MRI for his shoulder injury to will determine the period during which he will be sidelined.

Egypt spoiled the impression a bit after losing their second successive match: 2-3 vs. Canada.

2019 FIVB World Men’s Volleyball Cup – Day 4:

Egypt – Canada 2-3 (25-27, 25-27, 25-16, 25-22, 9-15)

Poland – Argentina 3-1 (27-29, 25-17, 25-18, 26-24)

Brazil – Russia 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-22)

Tunisia – Italy 0-3 (19-25, 21-25, 18-25)

Australia – Iran 1-3 (22-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-27)

Japan – USA 0-3 (19-25, 19-25, 21-25)

Standings

 

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