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In the semifinals of the South American Championship in Chile, Argentina lost to Venezuela by 3-2 with partials of 26-24, 15-25, 24-26, 26-24 and 15-13. This Friday it will play for the third place against Chile from 6:30pm (local time). The final will be between Brazil and Venezuela.

At the start of the game, Argentina reached the first technical timeout by 8-4 with a more regular task than the Venezuelan team. Later, Rodriguez contributed in attack and service and in this way Venezuela turned the scoreboard 10-11, and although it remained imprecise from the service line, the team led by Ronald Sarti reached the second timeout 16-15 after a block by Gonzalez. Darraidou and Sole were important to retake the advantage 18-16, but Venezuela balanced it again it with Fayola. There, two consecutive points of Flores left Argentina up 23-22, but in the closing the Venezuelans scored with Rodriguez and took it 26-24 after a rival error.

In the second chapter, Argentina took advantage of 6-2 in a good start of Darraidou and although Venezuela discounted 7-8, Sole was a key to give air to his team, 14-9. In turn, De Cecco shone to keep away the National Team 19-11 and in the closure there was no parity. With a good end in block Argentina took it clearly by 25-15 after a point by Sole.

In the third set, Argentina took off 8-4 with a better level in defense and counterattack and although at times Venezuela improved, Argentina maintained the advantage with De Cecco as the most outstanding player (16-12). Later, Sarti's team worked better from service and tied the game in 18 for a definition point to point with chances for both squads. Flores scored from block for the 25-24 and finally Lima, in counterattack, sealed the Argentine 26-24.

For the fourth chapter, Lima was in the starting line-up, but Venezuela showed its best moment in block to escape 8-4. However, the National Team built a 6-1 partial with a more regular task and scored with Sole's block to reverse that bad start (10-9). By the second technical timeout, Venezuela made mistakes for the 16-14, but after being down 18-15, Lima stood out in counterattack and with four points, Argentina went on to win it 20-18. Nevertheless, Venezuela showed a good volume of game and thus was in advantage 23-21 to finally take it to tie break by 26-24.

In the fifth set, Venezuela was more effective and changed sides ahead by 8-6 with Fayola and Rodriguez as key players. Then Ramos pressed with his service and defined in attack so that the National Team came back 10-9, but Venezuela grew from Arias' hands and played well from the service to have the first match ball after an Argentine error. Finally, after a long point, Fayola solved the Venezuelan triumph by 15-13.

Argentina: Luciano De Cecco, Santiago Darraidou, Fabian Flores, Sebastian Sole, Nicolas Bruno, Cristian Poglajen. Libero: Alexis Gonzalez. Coach: Julio Velasco. Substitutions: Ignacio Fernandez (libero), Gonzalo Quiroga, Bruno Lima, Maximiliano Cavanna, Martín Ramos

Venezuela: Jose Carrasco, Emerson Rodriguez, Edson Valencia, Jose Enriquez, Fernando Gonzalez, Ronald Fayola. Libero: Hector Mata. Coac: Ronald Sarti. Substitutions: Arias, Velázquez, Briceño.

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