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Lots of local fans cheered Brazil at the South American Duel

Uberlandia, Brazil, October 7, 2013 - Brazil were forced to come from two sets behind to claim victory aginst traditional South American rivals Argentina with a 3-2 (19-21, 16-21, 22-20, 21-17, 19-17) tie-break win on the the second day of the Men's U23 World Championship at the Arena Presidente Tancredo Neves. On day three Brazil defend their unbeaten record against Egypt, while Argentina will try to recover for the last match on court against Dominican Republic.

The match was close from the beginning, with Brazil slightly ahead on attacking points, but making more mistakes than Argentina in the first set. Captain Juan Ignacio Finoli set the ball well and wing spiker Agustin Ramonda scored five points as Argentina won the set 21-19.

Argentina got ahead at the start of the second set as Brazil continued to make errors. Behind 12-7 at the technical timeout, Brazil had made more errors (7) than they had in the entire first set (6). Middle blocker Ivan Postemsky contributed defensive points while wing spiker Ezequiel Palacios provided the attacking points as Argentina closed out the second set 21-16.

Brazil cut out the errors early in the third set with Matheus Cunda providing strong attacks to put them 12-11 up at the technical timeout. The set remained close until 20-20 when another Cunda spike helped Brazil to win the set and reduce the match deficit.

In the fourth set, a combination of captain Lucarelli's dangerous serving and opposite Rafael Araujo's net blocking and spiking gave Brazil a lead which they didn't lose to take the set 21-17 and send the match into a tie-break.

Brazil got ahead early in the decider, but Argentina managed to block and spike their way back into it through Postemsky and Palacios. Argentina saved three match points before Brazil claimed the winning point for a 19-17 win.

In a feast of attacking volleyball, Rafael top scored for Brazil with 21 points, a total matched by opposite Pablo Kukartsev for Argentina.

Press Conference:

Ricardo Lucarelli, Brazil captain: "All players helped so much for this. Argentina is an excellent team too and there will be more hard games ahead. We began the game with lot of mistakes in easy plays, but we were able to change during the game and we improved our attacks, serves and blocks."

Thiago Veloso, Brazil player: "Winning over Argentina it's always good but it's also very important in this tournament. We were aware that this was going to be like this, specially in this age-group. Argentina always represent a tough opponent and I think that simply there isn't an easy game against them."

Juan Ignacio Finoli, Argentina captain: "We knew this was going to be extremely tough, but when we won the first two sets we gained a lot of confidence. Maybe we could have closed the match in the third, but we missed it in a few details and that's where the big teams make the difference. Now we have to bounce back and win the next games to make it into the semi-finals."

Ivan Postemsky, Argentina player: "We played at a great level as we couldn't in the previous matches. I'm not happy because we lost, but we played a great tie-break, recovering from being many points down. There're many good things we can get from this game: we could handle the pressure of the crowd, attacked well and also blocked well. We did so much better than in the first game."

Statistics: P2 | Photos: FeVA - FIVB