RUSSIA: Makarov, Apalikov 6, Grankin 1, Pavlov 18, Biriukov 15, Spiridonov 10, Savin 4, Smoliar, Muserskiy 13, Volvich, Ilinykh 8, Verbov (libero), Ermakov (libero), Zemchenok. Coach: Andrey Voronkov.
BRAZIL: Bruno 3, Eder, Wallace 23, Santos 13, Vissotto 4, Murilo 14, Lucarelli 8, Araujo, Bonatto, Saatkamp 12, Pedreira (libero), Raphael, Souza, Loh. Coach: Bernardo Rezende.
The first set
Brazilian team opened the match with 1-4 lead thanks to the good play of Lucarelli, who later scored for 4-7. Wallace has scored from “zone 2” for the Brazilian lead on the first technical time out (5-8). Russians came close to 10-12 but with two points of Murilo Brazil escaped to 10-14 and then 11-15. After a point and ace by Muserskiy, Lucarelli made a mistake for 14-15 and Rezende needed to call for time out. Brazil had 14-16 on the second TTO.
Vissotto and Raphael came into the game, but Russia immediately made two blocks on Vissotto for 17-17. Murilo has scored his fifth point for 19-20, but Pavlov equalized on 21-21 and then took another point for 22-21. After play “point for point” Wallace scored two in a row for 23-24. Lucarelli won the last point for Brazil 24-26.
The second set
Again Brazil had 1-4 at the beginning, but Russia equalized on 4-4. Russia continued with good game and seized three more points in a row for 7-4. However, after a point by Bruno, Brazil equalized on 7-7. A tie game continued…8-8, 9-9, 10-10, 11-11, 12-12…and then Russia made two points in row for 14-12.
Spiridonov scored very unusual point for 16-14 for the second TTO. After that he took the main role in Russian team, scoring few points in a row for 21-17. Russia kept the point difference (23-19), but Brazil came close to 23-22. However, squad of Bernando Rezende failed to save a ball, which might tied the score and Birukov punished it with another point for 25-22.
The third set
Russia opened the third set with 3-1, but Brazil equalized on 4-4. It was 7-7 a bit later and Brazil had +1 on the first TTO (7-8). Brazil recorded two more points for 7-10, but result was tied again on 12-12. Then, Russia went for a seemingly victorious run. Zbornaya had +2 on the second TTO (16-14). and then went on a huge +4 (19-15).
However, Brazil did not want to surrender. Despite bad serves, squad of Bernardo Rezende started decreasing the deficit significantly… Until it was all tied at 22-22 after a strong spike by Lucarelli. A bit later it was 23-23, and then Lucas Saatkamp blocked Pavlov for a big turnaround and a set point (23-24). Voronkov called a time-out, but Lucarelli finished the set after one more good spike from a counterattack – 23-25.
The fourth set
Brazilian team has continued with the good performance in the fourth set. They opened this set with 1-4, but Muserskiy started serving very well and it was 5-5. It was all equal until 12-12, then Wallace scored two points and Pavlov made a mistake for 12-15.
Brazil kept +3 (13-16) until the second TTO, and that advantage soon grew to +5 (16-21). It was practicly all over, but Russia had one last chance for a comeback. Muserskiy scored an ace for 21-23, but he made service mistake after a time-out and Brazilians had three match balls (21-24). They used the second one. Wallace, the best scorer of the game, finished everything with a strong spike for 22-25.
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