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Tokyo 2020: ROC and Brazil sweep Canada and Japan to schedule head-to-head in semis!

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In first two matches of the day, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) beat Canada, while the Brazil prevailed over Japan in quarterfinals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics menโ€™s volleyball tournament.

The ROC beat Canada in straight sets. However, the end result should not mislead you as the match was balanced for most of its course, and in it lasted for almost 100 minutes. Dmitriy Volkov from the winners and Canadaโ€™s John Gordon Perrin shared the top scorer of the match recognition with 15 points each.

Itโ€™s hard to process our emotions right now since it is difficult to play the first match in the quarterfinals, I think it would have been easier if we had played the next match. But for sure there will be a lot of good emotions the next day when we realise that we won the match,” ROC captain Igor Kobzar said.
We didnโ€™t really play a sharp game today so it was kind of difficult to have an easy win, but I am glad that we were able to create a good atmosphere in the team to achieve this.

Brazil eliminated the host from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics menโ€™s volleyball tournament in straight-sets too. The team coached by Renan Dal Zotto relatively easy downed the rivals. However, led by Yuki Ishikawa (top scorer of the match with 17 points), Japan caused a lot of concerns to the defending champions in the second set, when it had +4 on several occasions (9:5, 14:10). However, little by little, Brazil melted the advantage before turning the set around completely, also thanks to an amazing turn from the service line by Lucarelli.
Yoandy Leal top-scored the Olympic champion with 16 points, while Wallace de Souza made 4 winning blocks.

Our concentration and level in this match were good. That is why we got this win against Japan,” Brazil outside hitter Yoandy Leal said.
The level of the Brazilian team is really high, and we are all in good condition right now. In order to win the next matches, we just have to keep working hard. We are facing ROC again and we need to rest now and prepare for a tough encounter with them.

| 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)


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โ€ข Japan (3a) – Brazil (2b) 0-3 (20:25, 22:25, 20:25)


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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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