05. 12. 2019

CWCH 2019 M: Lube defeat Cruzeiro, boos for Simón; Zenit down Al-Rayyan after power outage in first set

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Italian Cucine Lube Civitanova confirmed their great form (10-0 in highly strong SuperLega) and defeated Brazilian giants Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei on their ground in Round 2 of the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship in Betim.


After an easy match on Day 1 against the Qatari side Al-Rayyan Sports Club, Lube repeated the same furious play against much stronger rivals, South American champions Cruzeiro: 3-0 (25-23, 30-28, 25-15). The match was pretty much marked with the way two Cruzeiro’s former players Robertlandy Simón and Yoandy Leal were welcomed by more than 4,000 home fans. In the case of Leal, who wore the jersey of Cruzeiro for six years, only applauses upon entering the court were heard. As for the reception of Simón, his appearance was mostly followed by boos. Cruzeiro fans couldn’t forgive the controversial way the Cuban middle blocker left the club in the summer of 2018. The Pole Mateusz Bieniek top-scored for Lube, who secured the first place prior to the semifinals (2-0; 6 points, no sets lost), with 16 points, including 4 kill blocks and the same number of aces. Evandro Guerra tallied 15 points for the losing side, who came in second with 1-1 and 3 points.

As for the other match of the second round, Russian Zenit Kazan had a surprisingly difficult job to outplay Al-Rayyan, who managed to take the opening set, An unusual situation occurred at 4-0 for the Qatari side in the first set. The lights went off at the Ginásio Poliesportivo Divino Ferreira Braga hall. The interruption of a game lasted for about half an hour. Zenit head coach Aleksey Verbov tried to rotate as many players as possible, so for instance, he pulled Ngapeth and Mikhaylov on the bench after the first two sets. Fedor Voronkov and Andrey Surmachevskiy scored 11 points apiece for the Russian vice-champions who are at third-placed (1-1 and 3 points). Portuguese Marco Ferreira and Brazilian Marcus Vinícius Costa both put down 15 points for Asian Championship winners Al-Rayyan. Montenegrin Marko Vukašinović served 5 aces.

2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship – Round 2

December 4:

Zenit Kazan (RUS) - Al-Rayyan Sports Club (QAT) 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21)

December 5:

Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei (BRA) - Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) 0-3 (23-25, 28-30, 15-25)




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