Russiaâ€™s 15 kill blocks and 6 aces, in comparison to 10 and 3 for France, set the foundation for their victorious performance. â€œFrance was good at reception and defence, â€ Russiaâ€™s coach Mikhail Nikolaev said. â€Therefore, it was difficult to play against them. They were good at taking the hard receptions. I want to thank my players very much. â€ â€œWe knew that it was going to be a hard match, â€ Franceâ€™s coach Stephane Faure added. â€They play very hard and strong. Therefore we knew that we need to be better in serving first and do everything well on the court. We managed to do it at times and at times they prevented us from doing what we wanted to do. They played with a very good strategy against us and they were also good in serving and blocking.
Canada started the match with the proper line-up and discipline to go manage a wide win in the first set by 25-18. Japan rebounded aggressively in the second and the third sets with their attackers doing a fantastic job to turn the score around. The fourth set was the most exciting one as Japan was leading most of the time before Canada fought bravely to return in the last few points and pick up the set by 28-26. In the tie-breaker Japan persevered to win it by 17-15 and celebrate victorious.
Semifinals Brazil v Italy 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-23) Brazil are the first team to earn a spot in Sundayâ€™s final of the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Ankara. The South Americans won their tough semifinal match against Italy by 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-23) to secure their place on the podium. seemed to have a tight grip on the first set, but, after 18-15, Italy won three rallies in a row to level the score. Another three-point series after 22-22 finished the set off in Italyâ€™s favour.
This time, their opponents, Italy and France respectively, did better in being competitive, but only managed to win one set each to settle for participation in the bronze medal match. The South Americans won their tough semifinal match against Italy by 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-23), while Russiaâ€™s victory over France was even more dramatic - 3-1 (27-25, 24-26, 25-18, 27-25). On the path to success, both winning sides had to rely heavily on their superior blocking performance. â€We respect all the possible opponents that might come into tomorrowâ€™s final match, but we only respect them until the beginning of the match. Then, we need to fight for the gold, â€ Brazilâ€™s coach Leonardo Carvalho stated before the second semifinal.
â€ Classification 5-8 Iran v Argentina 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 28-26) Iran shut out Argentina in the first classification 5-8 match in Ankara. On Saturday afternoon at Baskent Volleyball Hall, the Asian team was once again cheered on by their faithful fans on the stands and seemed more motivated than their opponents to hammer out a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 28-26) win and stay in contention for the fifth place. The first set was very closely contested through the second technical time-out, but then Iran took a solid lead and captain Javad Hosseinabadi put the ball on the floor for the final 25-21. Argentina could not hold on to their solid early lead in the second set and Iran took advantage of the opponentsâ€™ many mistakes to catch up at 17-17 and moved on to win by 25-23 with Seyerdarash Taghavi spiking for the last point.
Alan Souza tallied up 18 points for Brazil to become the best scorer of this game, followed by team-mates Douglas Souza and Henrique Batagim and Italyâ€™s Luigi Randazzo with 16 points each. â€œThis was a real international volleyball derby, â€ Brazilâ€™s coach Leonardo Carvalho exclaimed. â€It was important to have emotional balance in this match, because the emotional balance can make the difference.
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