22. 06. 2019

VNL 2019 M: Iran out-block Portugal in their first ever world-level match, France sweep Australia

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Iran are one step away from advancing to the Final Six of the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League.

 

In Pool 15 opener of Week 4, Iran (9-1; 27 points) downed Portugal (2-8; 7 points) in their first-ever mutual encounter at major world level tournaments: 3-1 (23-25, 27-25, 25-17, 25-18).

Iran hosted the 2019 VNL week for the second straight time - on Week 3 it was in the city of Urmia while this time, Ardabil was the host. The packed stands at the Rezazadeh Hall (6,000 spectators) saw Iran out-blocking rivals (18-5) and equaling their longest winning streak in the VNL of 6 wins.

Amir Ghafour led Iran’s scorers with 16 points, while Ali Shafiei set up 5 kill blocks. The Brazilian-born Caíque Silva tallied 14 points for Portugal.

 

In the same pool, France (7-3; 22 points) inflicted the fourth consecutive defeat to Australia (1-9; 7 points) in the 2019 VNL.

The match ended in straight sets in favor of the “Les Bleus“ but with Australia missing an opportunity to take a 1-0 sets lead, as they had a 23-21.

Trévor Clévenot was on a high level for France with 18 points. Lincoln Williams scored 17 for the “Volleyroos“, while James Weir made 4 kill blocks.

2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League, Week 4 – Day 1:

Pool 13 (Hoffman Estates, United States):

Canada – China, June 22

USA- Japan, June 22

Pool 14 (Milano, Italy):

Poland – Argentina 3-2 (25-21, 25-23, 25-27, 20-25, 19-17)

Italy – Serbia 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-22)

Pool 15 (Ardabil, Iran):

France – Australia 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-22)

Iran – Portugal 3-1 (23-25, 27-25, 25-17, 25-18)

Pool 16 (Cuiabá, Brazil):

Germany – Russia, 23:00 C.E.T.

Brazil – Bulgaria, June 22

Standings

 

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