To be totally clear – with this result Iran and Poland will advance to the third phase along with France, while USA is eliminated from the tournament.
Truly this was one of the most dramatic afternoons at the World Championship 2014. USA had to win against Argentina, as Iran had previously beaten Serbia, but squad of John Speraw failed in that mission.
His colleague on the other bench, Julio Velasco, managed to motivate fanatic Argentine squad to present probably the best performance so far at the tournament, despite being already without any chance for the third phase.
But, to be completely honest, we have to write that referees made a major mistake in the tie-break. At the result of 9-8 for Argentina, they missed to see an obvious block-out… Insted of a tie at 9-9, it was 10-8, and then Argentina took three more points in a row for 13-8…
Who knows what would have happened if refs had seen that one Argentine player touched the ball at 9-8…
Facundo Conte made 22 points for the winning side, while Sebastian Sole added 14. In the USA team, Matt Anderson and Taylor Sander scored 15 points each.
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