Belgium needed to score a win to remain in contention for second place in the group and hence for a pass to the final round. However, Italy showed no mercy and actually played with great quality and composure opening strong to claim the first set. In set 2 Belgium went up 20:15 but similarly to what had happened on Saturday against Russia, the Belgians lost focus and consistency right by the time it counted the most; Italy scored the next ten points to flip the charts around (25-20) and eventually prolonged that positive series also to the early phases of the third set (6:0), paving its way with gold for the final 3:0 (25-11).
In the other match of the day Belarus edged Estonia in straight sets, in a game that was close only in the second set (25-11, 25-23, and 25-16). This was the second win for Belarus in Moscow but still not enough to remain in contention for a ticket to the final round.
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