Brazil is heading to win World Grand Champions Cup in Japan. Brazil did not give any chance to Poland in the third day of FIVB World Grand Champions Cup.
Brazil – Poland 3:0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-18)
World number one Brazil stayed on course for a third FIVB World Grand Champions Cup title by sweeping Poland in the first match. In a rematch of the one-sided 2006 World Championship final in Tokyo, which Brazil claimed 3-0, the South American champions only conceded 52 points in the straight sets win. “Today we played very well, especially defence and blocking, and that is why we could take the Polish team’s power away. We also received well. After the two games in Osaka we learned a lot, and that was one factor for today’s win,”said Brazilian libero Sergio. Coach Bernardinho added: "We played a good match. I think Mr. Castellani switched some players today and gave room to some players who do not usually play. We put on a lot of pressure from the beginning of the match and that helped us. We served quite well and our blocking defence was quite efficient. Our game was fluent and consistent. It was a very good win. We hope we can continue to grow in the next two matches."
“On behalf of the team I want to say sorry to the fans, that we were not able to take the match and play as we can.” Poland captain Michal Bakiewicz said. “We hope the next two matches are much better.”
Cuba – Egypt 3:2 (25-17, 23-25, 25-14, 23-25, 15-7)
Cuba held off Egypt in a magnificent match with the NORCECA champions claiming victory to improve their win-loss record to 2-1. Egypt, who played superbly but lost their way in the tiebreaker, slipped to 0-3 overall for the tournament. “Today’s game was so tough and hard for us,” Cuban universal Michael Sanchez said. “I thought we would win easily before the match and during the first and second sets, but that was wrong and it was why we had to play a five-set match.”
Japan – Iran 3:2 (27-25, 18-25, 25-23, 20-25, 16-14)
Japan repeated their Asian Championship final victory in October by beating the mightily impressive Iran in five sensational sets in front of 8,000 screaming fans to spark joyous scenes of celebration. The hosts improved their win-loss record to 3-0 to put themselves on the verge of a medal for the first time in 32 years. Iran, who saved two match points in the tiebreak before losing it on an attack error after a tense and scrappy rally, dropped to 1-2 but won many new admirers with a fast and spirited display. "I was so relieved to win," Japan captain Daisuke Usami said. "We had to be patient during the game, and take the points."