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03-07-2016

ARGENTINA CLOSES ITS FIVB WORLD LEAGUE PARTICIPATION WITH A TIEBREAKER

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Third tiebreaker and three stunning victories at this season's World League

Tehran, Iran, July 3, 2016 - Iran beat Argentina 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 21-25, 25-22, 16-14) in Tehran on Sunday at the last match for both teams of this year’s edition of the FIVB World League, the premier annual competition for the best teams of the World. But in life nothing is by hazard, and the last rivals of Tehran this Sunday will have their debut match at the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 201, August 7th in a “duel” of Argentine coaches, Velasco and Lozano, two very close friends that would not like to have to face each other but understand that their career take them to face this fact.

Despite neither team having a chance to qualify for the Final Six in Krakow, the players treated the home crowd to a thrilling match.

Iran took an early lead 4-1 in the opening set, but their lead was down to just one point at the second technical time-out. They were able to hold on to the slender advantage as Mirzajanpour finished the set at 25-23.

The second set also started with Iran 4-1 up. However, the home fans went silet when Poglajen made the score even at 7-7. The set was close from then on until at 21-all Argentina managed to score twice in a row. They quickly grabbed the set, 25-22.


Iran started the third well, leading 8-4 at the first technical time-out. Excellent reception and quick attack by Iran allowed the hosts to maintain their lead at 16-12. A successful video challenge by Argentina made the gap closer at 17-15. Argentina's captain De Cecco came on and led Argentina to an impressive finish and a 25-21 win.

The fourth set began with the teams tied at 8-all. Iran won a beautiful rally to go 16-13 up. They were able to hold on to their lead and force the tiebreak, with 25-22.

The hosts also started the final set better with a 6-3 lead. Argentina managed a last-minute comeback to tie the score, but it wasn't enough as Iran snatched the final two points, and the tiebreak, 16-14.


The team coached by Velasco will start their return home tomorrow Monday and prior to the Olympic challenge they will play a series of friendly matches v. Cuba in Argentina.

Related information:

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016 - Schedule

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016 - Teams

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016 - Media Guide

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