Brazil had everything in their hands against Russia, relatively comfortably cruising to a 2-0 lead in the sets. Furthermore, they had two match points in the third set.
However, what changed the course of the match was a brilliant idea of “Zbornaya“ head coach Vladimir Alekno. He moved middle blocker Dmitriy Muserskiy (finished the match with, until then, the highest number of points ever in the finals of the Olympics: 31) to the position of the opposite hitter in the third set. The rest is history…
The final result: Russia – Brazil 3-2 (19-25, 20-25, 29-27, 25-22, 15-9) and a gold medal for “Zbornaya“.
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