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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 men’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 country’s volleyball history after already writing one by qualifying for the quarterfinals.
Laurent Tillie’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 León, 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 men’s volleyball tournamentquarterfinals:

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

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


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| SEMIFINALSAugust 5, 2021:

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

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August 7: FINALS
Bronze Medal Match: Argentina – Brazil 3-2 (25:23, 20:25, 20:25, 25:17 15:13)
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 men’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 – Canada 3-2 (26:28, 18:25, 25:21, 25:18, 15:11)
Brazil – Tunisia 3-0 (25:22 25:20 25:15)
Russia – Argentina 3-1 (21:25 25:23 25:17 25:21)
Japan – Venezuela 3-0 (25:21 25:20 25:15)
Poland – Iran 2-3 (25:18, 22:25, 22:25, 25:22, 21:23)
USA – France 3-0 (25:18, 25:18, 25:22)

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

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

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

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