Brazil made a turnaround against the USA on Day 4 of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics men’s volleyball tournament, noted third win, and secured a spot in the quarterfinals.
The Olympic champion will continue its Tokyo 2020 campaign in the elimination phase as it beat the United States in four sets on Day 4 – Pool B of the men’s volleyball tournament. It took some time for ‘Seleção’ to fit in today. For a moment, everything indicated drama for the titleholder. After losing to the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in the previous game, Brazil needed to win on a penultimate day so it wouldn’t have to play a decider for the classification for the quarterfinals in the last game of the preliminary phase, against France.
After succumbing in the opening set against the USA, Renan Dal Zotto’s team rejected the pressure of the rival in the continuation of the match and provisionally settled at second place in the pool with 8 points (3-1), but regardless of the result of other games until the end of this stage, Brazil can’t go below no.4 in the pool. Ricardo Lucarelli stood out on the winning side with 19 points, including 4 aces. Lucas Saatkamp ‘Lucão’ set up 4 blocks. The Anderson – DeFalco duo led the U.S. with 22 and 21 points, respectively.
After a rough start at Tokyo 2020, embodied in two defeats, Canada is back into the quarterfinal battle, having the ability to control its destiny by itself to a large extent now. The North Americans improved to 2-2 in Pool A as they swept Venezuela, which was their second 3-0 triumph in a row.
Nicolas Hoag highlighted Canada’s game with 16 points. Lucas Van Berkel contributed to a win with 4 blocks.
2020 Tokyo Olympics, men’s volleyball tournament, group stage – Day 4:
Canada – Venezuela 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-12)
Brazil – USA 3-1 (30-32, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20)
Japan – Poland 0-3 (22-25, 21-25, 24-26)
Argentina – Tunisia, 9:25 a.m. CET
Italy – Iran, 12:40 p.m. CET
ROC – France, 2:45 p.m. CET