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Brazil down Iran in straight sets at FIVB Grand Champions Cup

Brazil down Iran in straight sets at FIVB Grand Champions Cup”

The national Iranian men's volleyball team has suffered its first loss at the 2017 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup, going down to top-ranked side in the world, Brazil, in straight sets.

The Iranian squad has taken down both Italy and Team USA in tough five setters to open up the tournament, even making a 0-2 comeback against the American crew.

For Brazil, Ricardo Lucarelli Souza has been the dominant force in the tournament thus far, having put down 32 points while Wallace de Souza has added another 28.

Milad Ebadipour, who was contained by the U.S.in the first two sets, stepped up on offence and finished with 18 points.

Olympic champions Brazil returned to winning ways and ended the 100 per cent record of Iran at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.

Two matches remain for each country. Today, their blocking was good and they have a good defensive system. There were big points out there and we were able to win those.

Iran coach Igor Kolakovic congratulated Brazil "for a great game" and said there were moments in the second and third sets when Brazil started to play unbelievable defense with great counter-attack.

"We just didn't have the energy we had against the US".

"Today was not our day", Iran captain Saeid Marouf pointed out saying: "they were very strong". The way we played against Italy was really frustrating. "We always have tough games against Japan".



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