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Tokyo 2020: France joins ROC in final after a great 3-0 win over Argentina

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Patry and Clevenot lead French triumph to reach first historic Olympic final!
France already made history two days ago, claiming their first semifinal ticket ever by beating world champions Poland at tie break.
But today, on Thursday, at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 they defeated Argentina 3-0 (25:22, 25:19, 25:22) in the semifinals at Ariake Arena to set up a summit clash against ROC on Saturday.
France played in the Olympic Games four times before Tokyo 2020 and their best achievement was an eighth-place finish at Seoul 1988.
Thus the next Olympic Games hosts are guaranteed to win a medal in Tokyo.

France came into the match on the right foot and and by relying on a number of players performing well led by opposite Jean Patry, while Argentina has been able to count only on their opposite Bruno Lima to run their offence.
France closed the first set without lot of problems at 25-22, even after their South American rivals ran them close at various stages.
The winners started the second set with much more confidence than the first, with Trevor Clevenot who made 7 points in attack. Facundo Conte tried to match that intensity on Argentina’s side, but the French implemented better defence and scored more attacks to win the second set easily at 25-19.
France continued their attack also in the third set, thanks to Patry and Clevenot to claim an early lead. Despite Argentina reacted, France gained a 23-21 lead from an attack error by Poglajen, then an attack by Earvin Ngapeth and a block by Barthelemy Chinenyeze secured their spot in the gold medal match at 25-22.

France will play the decider against the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to which it was carried today by Trévor Clévenot, with 14 points, 72.2% reception, 13/18 and Barthélémy Chinenyeze (4 blocks). Facundo Conte scored 13 points for Argentina, while Santiago Danani made 84.6% reception (11/13).

| 2020 Tokyo Olympics men’s volleyball tournament – semifinals:

• 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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| QUARTERFINALS:

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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