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WL: Iranian miracle, Brazil second, Russia goes home!

by WoV

Iran is in the semifinals of the World League Final Six!!! Brazil will be there too, but starting from the second place in Pool I, while the defending champion Russia has been eliminated from the tournament! Brazil - Iran 1-3 (21-25, 19-25, 25-23, 26-28).

Brazil - Iran

Travica Ljubo

Brazil - Iran

Tillie Laurent

Brazil - Iran


Brazil - Iran


Brazil - Iran


Brazil - Iran


Brazil - Iran


Brazil - Iran

Bernardi Lorenzo

Brazil - Iran

Best scorers after 1-2

Brazil – Iran 1-3 (21-25, 19-25, 25-23, 26-28)

BRAZIL: Bruno 1, Eder 9, Wallace 6, Santos, Vissotto 8, Murilo, Lucarelli 17, Araujo, Bonatto, Saatkamp 11, Pedreira (libero), Raphael 1, Souza, Loh 12. Coach: Bernardo Rezende.

IRAN: Mostafavand, Marouflakrani5 , Ghaemi 7, Mousavi 8, Fazayi, Zarif (libero), Gholami 6, Ghafour 23, Mirzajanpour 14, Mahdavi, Alizadeh (libero), Tashakori 5, Ghara, Ebadipour . Coach: Slobodan Kovač.

The first set

Interesting decision of coach Rezende – he decided to start the match with Eduardo as a receiver. The result was tight until 5-5 and then Brazilians went to the first technical time out with the lead 8-5. But Iran didn’t surrender. Squad of Slobodan Kovac was slowly decreasing the deficite and even had an advantage on the second TTO (15-16). However, it was time for another Brazilian run. They made four in a row for another lead 19-16.

It was 20-18, Iran scored for 20-19 and then Gholami took the ball to serve… He served five consecutive times, he won five consecutive points (20-24). Iran used the second set ball for the lead 1-0 in sets.

The second set

The same story continued in the second set. It was all tied until 7-7, while Iran was up ahead by one on the first TTO. Iran was in a good rhytm. Squad of Slobodan Kovac increased the lead to 12-9 and then to 15-12. 

They were keeping the three point lead (15-18, 17-20, 19-22). Rezende called a time-out to try something in the finnish of the se but nothing has changed. Iran has won the set by 25-22 and was one set away from semifinal and first place in Pool.

The third set

Once again the teams played tight game at the beginning of the set. After 7-6 for Brazil Iran got two points in row for 7-8 on the first TTO. Short pause suited Brazilians who made a total turnaround and gained +3 advantage (14-11). Rezende’s squad continued in same manner and reached four set balls (24-20).

But, with Marouf on the serve, Iran score three points in a row and came close to only -1 (24-23). But that was all. With a strong spike Wallace won a point for Brazil and finished the set.

The fourth set

It was Brazil, who started better. Yellow and green had +1 at the first TTO (8-7) and a bit later +3 (13-10). But persistant Iranians quickly equalized on 14-14. 

Brazil won two following points (16-14) and kept that point difference until 19-17. But it was far from over. Iran tied the score at 19:19 and took the lead after Mirzajanpour’s spike (21-20). The next point also belonged to Kovac’s side 22-20. Brazil had the answer (22-22).

The rest of the match will enter history books of Iranian volleyball. Iran missed one match point (24-23), then Brazil failed to score two set balls (25-24, 26-25)… 

And then it was time for the big Iranian celebration! Vissotto’s mistake gave them the second match ball and Ghafour converted it into a 28-26!

Iran goes to semifinals from the first place of the Pool.


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Mary July 19, 2014 - 12:36 am

viva Iran we are proud of you dear boys…..


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