24. 06. 2019

VNL 2019 M: Brazil run over Russia to take lead in charts, need to win one more point to advance to F6

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Brazil faced the historical rivals Russia on Week 4 closing in the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League and swept them by a 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 28-26) at home in Cuiabá, in Pool 16.

 

Brazil recorded the fifth successive win in the 2019 VNL and now only a miracle can separate them from playing the Final Six.

The “Seleção” beat Russia in their 68th mutual encounter at world level major competitions and tied victories with historical rivals at 34-34. With this win, Brazil took the lead in the charts with an 11-1 (30 points) record.

Mathematics say Brazil still did not secure a berth in the Finals but are close to doing so. To stay out of the Final Six, the players coached by Renan Dal Zotto would have to lose all of their games in the last week, and all in straight sets, to be squeezed out of the top six in the standings by Poland. The odds for this scenario are small, especially knowing that Brazil will host Week 5 in Brasília and need to take only one more point in the next three games.

On the other hand, Russia claim the fourth position in the charts with 9 wins and 3 defeats, and 26 points. They are also very close to advancing to the Finals.

Wallace Souza top-scored for Brazil today with 12 points. Ivan Iakovlev and Ilyas Kurkaev made 10 apiece for “Zbornaya”.

2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League, Week 4 – Day 3:

Pool 13 (Hoffman Estates, United States):

Canada – Japan 3-2 (25-18, 26-24, 23-25, 21-25, 15-13)

USA – China 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-19)

Pool 14 (Milano, Italy):

Argentina – Serbia 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-18)

Italy – Poland 2-3 (25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 21-25, 23-25)

Pool 15 (Ardabil, Iran):

Iran – France 0-3 (18-25, 24-26, 21-25)

Portugal – Australia 0-3 (23-25, 22-25, 25-27)

Pool 16 (Cuiabá, Brazil):

Germany – Bulgaria 2-3 (28-26, 25-18, 23-25, 19-25, 10-15)

Brazil – Russia 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 28-26)

Standings

 

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