Brazil beat Italy in third men’s volleyball gold medal


Brazil won match in clear sets with 25-22 28-26 26-24, opposite to Italy in Olympic gold medal.

On Sunday, Brazil defeated Italy in men’s volleyball to win their third gold medal and has given country’s best Olympic performance with a total of seven golds in the Rio Games.

The Brazilians had lost in pool match but came back and won final with 25-22 28-26 26-24 sets, Italy was won their third silver medal in men’s volleyball.

Brazil struggled in the pool stage, losing two matches with U.S. and Italy, and making its came back into the knockout rounds by achieving victory over France in the last game.

After having emerged from the pool, Brazil began to show classy performance in brassy home support dropped just one set between the quarter-finals and clinching gold.

The Brazilian victory was largely due to a salvo of winning spikes, serves and blocks by its outstanding outside hitter Wallace de Souza, who scored 20 of Brazil’s points.

Italian coach Gianlorenzo Blengini said, “The Brazilian team played very well and definitively deserved to win. My team gave it all they had, but Brazil was superior and dominated,”

Brazilian fans occupied Rio’s Maracanazinho stadium, they exploded with joy, chanting, “The champ is back.” Cheering was enough to heard in neighborhood streets across Rio.

Brazilian soccer star Neymar, also in audience to fresh from Saturday’s gold-winning final against Germany.

Brazil won its first gold in year 1992 against Barcelona and last in men’s volleyball in year 2004 by defeating Italy in Athens.

Earlier on Sunday, the U.S. volleyball team well again to defeat defending Olympic champions Russia in a five-set battle for the bronze medal.

The U.S. lost the first two sets and again recovered to win 23-25 21-25 25-19 25-19 15-13, with an world-class in the tie-breaker by top scorer Matt Anderson helping to seal the victory.

A young team of Americans with eight players, who had never competed in the Olympics, came to Rio in quest of a fourth U.S. gold medal in the sport and were favorites after winning the World Cup last year.

They lost their first two matches against Canada and Italy, who thrash them again in the semi-finals.

The U.S. women’s volleyball team also went home with bronze after failing to win subtle first gold for their country.

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