After the encouraging success against Bulgaria, Italy’s fourth defeat in five games in the Nations League: at the end of a hard-fought match, the Azzurri lost 3-1 (26-24, 29-27, 21-25, 25- 22) to Iran. The young players of coach Valentini, as is now customary, gave flashes of good volleyball alternating with moments of difficulty that in the end ended up penalizing the progress of the match.
Valentini fielded the diagonal Sbertoli-Nelli, the power stations Mosca and Cortesia, the hammers Michieletto and Cavuto, Balaso free having had to renounce Gianluca Galassi, suffering from epistaxis a few moments from the beginning. First set played ball by ball by the two teams who always remained in contact until the conclusion of a partial in which the Azzurri failed to realize the opportunities they had and which if exploited better would probably have changed the course of the partial closed on 26- 24.
The progress of the match did not change in the second set, with the teams constantly in contact, but with Italy that in the final stages, playing very well in attack, managed to accumulate a minimum advantage then recovered by the Iranians: 23-23 . From that moment on, a very hard-fought head-to-head began which saw the Azzurri also have the ball to close the set in their favor, but once again it was Alekno’s men who won 29-27 after almost 45 minutes of game.
In the third set Valentini trusted Recine in place of Michieletto, beyond the change, Sbertoli and his teammates immediately found good offensive plots and a fair continuity in the game, factors that allowed the tricolor team to acquire a good margin of advantage (+4 19-23) deservedly managed up to 25-21 which allowed Italy to extend the game on 2-1 thanks to the final 25-21. Fourth part started again with the Iranians good at taking over the situation and almost immediately imposing an advantage of 4 lengths (12-8) then managed until the end of the partial closed on 25-22 that decreed the end of the match on 3 -1.