Volleyball, Nations League, Italy fights but loses against Brazil

Volleyball, Nations League, Italy fights but loses against Brazil
Volleyball, Nations League, Italy fights but loses against Brazil

The Olympic champions (with the starting team) win struggling against Michieletto and his teammates. Tomorrow Italy will face Russia at 9pm

Italy-Brazil 1-3 (19-25, 30-32, 25-22, 20-25)

Brazil wins in the re-edition of the Olympic final in Rio but the green-gold holders struggle a lot against Valentini’s Italy, protagonist of a gritty and cheeky performance for at least three sets before giving up in the fourth. Tomorrow the Azzurri face Russia at 9 pm.

The match

Italy takes the field with Sbertoli-Nelli, Recine, Michieletto, Mosca-Cortesia, Balaso free while Brazil fielded Bruno-Wallace, Lucarelli-Leal, Lucas-Mauricio, Hoss. The blues start with determination and attention to the block and also go ahead at + 3 over 12-9 with an ace, an attack from Recine and a point on the block. Then Brazil begins to pick up the pace, grows on the serve, putting the Italian reception in difficulty and the game with Leal and the central players rewards. In the second set, Italy grows and forces the Olympic champions to a battle to the death: Recine, Michieletto, but also Moscow and the more careful wall put Brazil in great difficulty and a slightly more incisive serve could have turned the set in favor of the Azzurri. Valentini brings in Pinali for a slightly opaque Nelli and Vitelli for Courtesy. The verdeoro people can count on a Lucarelli in great shape and Bruno who manages with the usual lucidity.

The end

Growth pays off in the third: the wall has taken measures to Wallace and associates while Michieletto and Recine pass continuously and Italy reaches +3. Then he checks the ball change with clarity and closes by reopening the match. Brazil resumes command of the game in the fourth immediately ahead with Leal, Lucarelli and the block. He pushes to serve and the blues dance in reception. The score reaches +7 and for Brazil it is enough to manage despite the Azzurri’s attempt to recover.

June 21 – 7:05 pm

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Volleyball Nations League Italy fights loses Brazil

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