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This Saturday night in Santiago de Chile, the Argentine National Team played a huge match against Brazil, but lost in a tie break with scores by 26-24, 25-22, 29-31, 20-25 and 13-15. Marcelo Mendez's team had its chance of closing the game, but the Brazilians reacted and completed a fantastic recovery to retain the title.

The national service and defense were the key to control the Brazilians for almost three sets. However, Renan Dal Zotto squad began to show their traditional power in attack and serve to define the story in a heartless tie break.

Argentina pushed from the service line and with Martínez got the first lead of the game, 8-7. Loser and Lima joined the offensive work, which allowed the national team to maintain the dominance towards the second break. A block of Roque tied in 18, and although Méndez's boys recovered, an ace from Flavius left the game 20-20. The definition was point-to-point, but Argentina took better advantage of its hits and defined it with Martinez, 26-24.

Some national mistakes at the start of the second and Douglas and Leal's attacks put Brazil in front of the scoreboard. With Palacios, the national team move on, but Brazil again tied in 16 for a new even end. The passage of Palacios on the service was again productive and the team took advantage of its counterattack to gain an advantage in the closing. Martinez exploited his two net chances and ended up with Argentina's victory by 25-22.

The Mendez boys maintained an aggressive pace in the third, with good appearances in defense and block to 8-4. Sanchez distributed to stretch to 13-8, but some national failures contributed to the recovery of Brazil, which leveled the score in 16. The great passage was broken with a mistake and the national team took the lead again, but the Brazilians kept fighting. The match was tied at 22 after a red card for Argentina and the continuity was shocking. There were chances of closure on both sides, but Argentina could not define it and Leal appeared at the right time to discount, 31-29.

Despite the shock, the actions continued in the fourth: Argentina again pressed with the service to advance on the scoreboard, but with the same recipe Brazil went to the front 12-10. Although the rival attack continued to rise to 16-13, Lima scored effectively to keep the national team in the fight. Despite that, it was the rival attack that was most accurate in the offensive phase, now with the trident Leal-Flavio-Alan to force the tie break after 25-20.

With a block and an ace, the team opened the tie break ahead. From Matheus' service, Brazil went to the front 6-4 and maintained that lead with Alan. Lima lead the Argentine attack and Lazo joined for the 11-11, but again the definition was not for errors. Leal from the serve and a block by Matheus ended up giving the match ball to the Brazilians, who sealed it later, 15-13.

Argentina: Matías Sánchez (-), Bruno Lima (26); Agustín Loser (15), Martín Ramos (10); Jan Martínez (15), Ezequiel Palacios (21). Líbero: Santiago Danani. Coach: Marcelo Méndez. Substitutions: Nicolás Lazo (4) y Matías Giraudo.

Brasil: Fernando (-), Alan (20); Isac (6), Flavio Gualberto (12); Douglas Souza (8), Yoandy Leal (14). Líbero: Thales. Coach: Renan Dal Zotto. Substitutions : Maique (L), Felipe Roque (4), Victor, Hugo (3), Carisio (1) y Matheus (4).

Setter: Matías Sánchez (ARG)
Opposite hitter: Bruno Lima (ARG)
Outside hitters: Dusan Bonacic (CHI) - Yoandy Leal (BRA)
Middle blockers: Gabriel Araya (CHI) - Flavio Gualberto (BRA)
Libero: Santiago Danani (ARG)
MVP: Alan Souza (BRA)