30. 09. 2018

THEY RULE THE WORLD - Poland destroy Brazil to retain the gold!

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Poland are staying at the throne of the world! What the Polish boys did in 2014, they repeated tonight by beating Brazil in the final of the FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship, 3-0 (28-26, 25-20, 25-23).

 

Many people thought that Poland won the gold in 2014 because of the home court and a huge support of the fans but four years later, we are seeing Poland ruling the world again! This is the third World Champs gold in Poland's history.

What happened to Brazil? After a great game in the semifinals against Serbia, they obviously didn't manage to continue with the same performance, as Vital Heynen's side was in the mood tonight. 

Only in the first set, Renan Dal Zotto's side had some chances to stay in the race for the gold, however, with some great moves of Kurek & co. Poland went ahead after the first set 28-26. 

In the second set, we some many ups and downs from Brazil, while Poland stabilized their level of play, keeping the Brazilian boys away. After a good display in this part of the game, Poland doubled the lead 2-0!

At the first TTO in the third set, Poland had an 8-3 advantage and it looked like Brazil lifted the white flag... Renan Dal Zotto tried with some substitutions, decreasing the lead of Poland, saving two match points, but Bartosz Kurek, who had one of the best performances in his career, scoring 23 points.

Michal Kubiak added 12 and Artur Szalpuk 10, while Wallace de Souza had 14 on the other side.

It is interesting that Poland beat Brazil for the second time in a row in the final of the World Championship, while the Brazilian boys played their fifth consecutive final... 

World Championship, the final: 

Poland - Brazil 3-0 (28-26, 25-20, 25-23)

3rd place game:

Serbia - USA 1-3 (25-23, 17-25, 30-32, 19-25)

 

Check out the results and standings at the World Championship 2018 M page.

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