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WGCHC M: Brazil won gold medal with five-set victory over Italy

by WoV
source: fivb.org; Photo: fivb.org

Brazil defeated Italy in an epic five-set battle (25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 15-11) to claim the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup title on Sunday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.



The victory improved Brazil’s record to 4-1, while Italy finished with a 2-3 mark.

The match marked the third time that Brazil and Italy have met in the World Grand Champions Cup and 51st overall. Brazil entered with a 30-20 lead all time.

Wallace De Souza led Brazil with a match-high 28 points. Lucas Saatkamp added 21 for the winners.

Ivan Zaytsev was valiant in defeat, scoring 27 for Italy. Filippo Lanza, Emanuele Birarelli, and Thomas Beretta all chipped in with 13 each.

Coming off Saturday’s disappointing five-set loss to Russia, Brazil was aggressive from the start of the match and kept the pressure on early in the contest.

Italy fought back when it appeared it was on the verge of defeat in the third set.

Brazil was three points from victory in the third set only to see Italy come back and take five of the final six points to claim the set.

To read more news from this competition click on World Grand Champions Cup 2013 M.

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