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Giustiniano as starting line-up player against Brazil

Hamamatsu, Japan, November 27, 2011 - With a 4-1 record in the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup, Brazil was ranked just behind Poland entering third round play against Argentina on November 27 in front of a very pro-Brazil crowd in Hamamatsu. They continued their dominance over the South American rival, winning in 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-21). Leading Brazil in scoring was Leandro Vissotto Neves with 17 points, including a pair of Brazil’s five aces. He was supported by his captain Gilberto Godoy Filho (Giba) with 12 points. For Argentina it was Ivan Castellani and Mariano Giustiniano with seven points each.

The teams were even starting out in the first with a well-rested Vissotto (who rested the last game vs China) pitching in four points for his side early, while Federico Pereyra countered with attacks for Argentina putting his side up 8-7 at the first TTO. They stayed tight until Brazil pulled off a four-one run with spikes from Endres Murilo and Giba to edge ahead 18-15. They didn’t play great volleyball down the stretch with a number of errors late that led to 22-22, but Brazil still outlasted the Argentinians with hard strikes from Giba and Lucas Saatkamp to take the first 25-22.

Brazil held a slim lead to start the second, with Giba attacking well, driving Giustiniano staggering backwards with a hard spike to the chest help his side up 8-6. They would edge out a little further on great blocking by Vissotto (on Cristian Poglajen) and Lucas (on Giustiniano). Giba kept picking his spots from the wing, a hard spike to the corner making it 19-15. From there Vissotto would throw down two of his eight points in the set to help take the second frame 25-20, two sets to zero.

Murilo got in on the action in the third for Brazil, dropping three points early, followed by a hard Vissotto ace to go ahead 9-6. They followed with a five-one run that included a picture-perfect ace from Marlon Muraguti Yared and a block from Sidney dos Santos Jr (aka Sidão) make it 17-10. Argentina put together their own mini-run late coming from seven points back to cut the lead to 23-21, but a Sidão block denied their comeback, taking the set 25-21, and the match 3-0.

Press Conference:

Brazil coach Bernardo Rezende: It’s three points, and for sure and I think our team started slow, we were cold and without the necessary focus. I think we played with more attitude in the second and third played. Argentina’s style has few mistakes good ball control, but I expect more from my team – I expect more from them tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.

We didn’t know all their players very well, and had to figure out how to play against them. We had to figure out the positioning. But they had sort of the same characteristics. We missed a little focus and attitude in the beginning, and not just today. We’ve had during many ups and down in the tournament and we have to play more consistently moving forward.

Brazil captain Gilberto Godoy Filho (Giba): Well, it’s three points and now we need to think about Cuba tomorrow. Brazil played well today, and we need to think how to play better every day, and play not to lose points because they’re so important. Now we can rest now and think about the match tomorrow.

On the Brazilian fans in attendance in Hamamatsu: I’m happy that the Brazilian fans are here at this moment. I hope the people stay for the next two matches in Hamamatsu and help us with other games, giving us more energy

Brazil player Marlon Muraguti Yared: For today we’re happy to take three points with the win. Our attack and defense were well organized, we kept our concentration to win this game. We hope to do out best to win the title in this World Cup.

Argentina coach Javier Weber: First I’d like to say congratulations to Brazil. We had a good game. Until the 18th point in each set we could compete, but after that their attack overwhelmed us. We also had a lot of young players in this match.

On Conte sitting out this match: He had a pain in his right knee, so he had to sit out this one.

On young players in this match: This tournament is long and we’d like to use new members. So in addition to our injuries that’s why we used so many young members.

Argentina player Maximiliano Cavanna: Argentina played with an alternative team today with new two or three new players. In some moments of the match, we played equally with Brazil point by point.

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