23 September 2021

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Tokyo 2020: France sends home world champion Poland and books a historic ticket to semifinals!

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France became the last member of the semifinal quartet at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics menโ€™s volleyball tournament.
Challenged by the two-time defending world champion Poland in the quarterfinals of the competition, an outstanding French team prevailed in five sets, partially 21:25, 25:22, 21:25, 25:21, and 15:9 and went to the Top 4. Thus, they wrote an amazing new chapter of its countryโ€™s volleyball history after already writing one by qualifying for the quarterfinals.
Laurent Tillieโ€™s side passed the road from a big disillusionment, collecting two defeats in the first three matches of the group stage, and narrowly avoiding elimination before the quarterfinals (they advanced there as a fourth-placed team) to beating mighty Poland in two hours and 23 minutes of a play today and trampling it over in the tie-break.

How big the victory of France was can be best explained by the facts happened on the field, where it faced a duo of incredible players, having around 65% attack each after three sets: these are Wilfredo Leรณn, author of 29 points, and 60.1% attack in total, and Bartosz Kurek, who put down 26 points.
Jean Patry top-scored France with 21 points and was one of four players in double digits in scoring in his team, while Nicolas Le Goff had 5 winning blocks.

| 2020 Tokyo Olympics menโ€™s volleyball tournament โ€“ quarterfinals:

August 3:
โ€ข Canada (4a) – ROC (1b) 0-3 (21:25, 28:30, 22:25)
โ€ข Japan (3a) – Brazil (2b) 0-3 (20:25, 22:25, 20:25)
โ€ข Italy (2a) – Argentina (3b) 2-3 (25:21, 23:25, 22:25, 25:14, 12:15)

โ€ข Poland (1a) – France (4b) 2-3 (25:21, 22:25, 25:21, 21:25, 9:15)


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| SEMIFINALS โ€“ August 5, 2021:

โ€ข Brazil โ€“ ROC 1-3 (25:18, 21:25, 24:26, 23:25)
โ€ข France โ€“ Argentina 3-0 (25:22, 25:19, 25:22)

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August 7: FINALS
โ€ข Bronze Medal Match: Argentina – Brazil 3-2 (25:23, 20:25, 20:25, 25:17 15:13)
โ€ข Gold Medal Match: France – Russian Olympic Committee 3-2 (25:23, 25:17, 21:25, 21:25, 15:12)

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| All results of menโ€™s volleyball tournament:

Pool A: Japan, Poland, Italy, Canada, Iran, and Venezuela.
Pool B: Brazil, USA, Russia, Argentina, France, and Tunisia.

| July 25 – Day 1
Italy โ€“ Canada 3-2 (26:28, 18:25, 25:21, 25:18, 15:11)
Brazil โ€“ Tunisia 3-0 (25:22 25:20 25:15)
Russia โ€“ Argentina 3-1 (21:25 25:23 25:17 25:21)
Japan โ€“ Venezuela 3-0 (25:21 25:20 25:15)
Poland โ€“ Iran 2-3 (25:18, 22:25, 22:25, 25:22, 21:23)
USA โ€“ France 3-0 (25:18, 25:18, 25:22)

| July 27 – Day 2
Iran โ€“ Venezuela 3-0 (25:17, 25:20, 25:18)
USA โ€“ ROC 1-3 (23:25, 25:27, 25:21, 23:25)
Poland โ€“ Italy 3-0 (25:20, 26:24, 25:20)
France โ€“ Tunisia 3-0 (25:21, 25:11, 25:21)
Japan โ€“ Canada 3-1 (23:25, 25:23, 25:23, 25:20)
Brazil โ€“ Argentina 3-2 (19:25, 21:25, 25:16, 25:21, 16:14)

| July 29 – Day 3
Canada โ€“ Iran 3-0 (25:16, 25:20, 25:22)
USA โ€“ Tunisia 3-1 (25:14 23:25 26:14 25:23)
Argentina โ€“ France 3-2 (23:25, 25:17, 25:20, 15:25, 15:13)
Poland โ€“ Venezuela 3-1 (25:16, 25:13, 18:25, 25:15)
Japan โ€“ Italy 1-3 (20:25, 17:25, 25:23, 21:25)
Brazil โ€“ ROC 0-3 (22:25, 20:25, 20:25)

| July 31 – Day 4
Canada โ€“ Venezuela 3-0 (25:13, 25:22, 25:12)
Brazil โ€“ USA 3-1 (30:32, 25:23, 25:21, 25:20)
Japan โ€“ Poland 0-3 (22:25, 21:25, 24:26)
Argentina โ€“ Tunisia 3-2 (23:25, 23:25, 25:19, 25:18, 15:8)
Italy โ€“ Iran 3-1 (30:28, 25:22, 21:25, 25:21)
ROC โ€“ France 1-3 (21:25, 25:20, 17:25, 20:25)

| August 2 – Day 5
Poland โ€“ Canada 3-0 (25:15, 25:21, 25:16)
Brazil โ€“ France 3-2 (25:22, 37:39, 25:17, 21:25, 20:18)
ROC โ€“ Tunisia 3-0 (25:20, 25:22, 25:16)
Italy โ€“ Venezuela 3-0 (25:22, 25:15, 25:17)
Japan โ€“ Iran 3-2 (25:21, 20:25, 29:31, 25:22, 15:13)
USA โ€“ Argentina 0-3 (21:25, 23:25, 23:25)
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