17 October 2021

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Tokyo 2020: Argentina wins Bronze medal after 33 years – Brazil defeated at tie break!

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Argentina prevailed against Brazil at tie break (25:23, 20:25, 20:25, 25:17, 15:13) in the all-South American clash to claim the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 bronze medal on Saturday at the Ariake Arena.
Argentina’s bronze medal win took 33 years to achieve, as their first medal (another bronze, also earned against Brazil) was at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games! The last time Argentina had a chance of winning the medal in the Summer Games prior to Tokyo was in Sydney 2000, when it was denied by Italy. Brazil is out of the Olympic podium in men’s volleyball after four straight editions, interrupting a sequence of medals that began in Athens 2004 and which consisted of two golds and two silvers.

Argentina made a better start in the first set, but some defensive setbacks and attack errors allowed Brazil to trim their lead to just one point at 19-18.
However Argentina managed to take advantage of the Brazilian service errors to keep at least a two-point edge down the final stretch, to close the set at 25-23 with a spike by Conte who had a solid nine-point attacking performance in the set.
Brazil had the lead until midway through the second set, with Douglas, Wallace and Lucarelli leading the attack. Argentina managed to get a comeback at 18-18, but Brazil’s defence was key in those final plays, and Wallace’s block secured the set for Brazil at 25-20.
Brazil benefitted from their rivals’ turnovers late in the third set, while Lucarelli found some space off the Argentina block to increase their lead. Then Wallace increased their lead to 22-18. Lucas Saatkamp’s attacks and another Wallace block ended the set again in favour of Brazil 25-20.

After dropping the last two sets, Argentina found themselves with the lead in the fourth after having a trouble starting. Later, Ezequiel Palacios and Agustin Loser intimidated the Brazilian attackers and scored two blocks each to keep Argentina’s big 19-12 lead. Palacios and Loser continued with their fourth-set onslaught, while the rivals suffered from their errors in the attack from the service lines, conceding the set to Argentina at 25-17.

Argentina carried their excitement from the fourth set to lead 4-1 also in the fifth, by earning consecutive points from Brazilian service and attack errors. Luciano De Cecco’s block on Douglas put them further ahead at 8-4.
The end? Absolutely not, as Brazil managed to tie the score at 12-12 with Lucarelli’s ace, but his second service swing went out of bounds and gave Argentina the final sprint, as Conte put his team at match point, and Loser completed the 15-13 win with a block on Douglas.

Conte was the top scorer for the winners with his 21 points (19 attacks, one block and one ace), while Agustin Loser also contributed with 14 points, including seven winning blocks.
Bruno Lima and Ezequiel Palacios had 13 points apiece and Sebastian Sole added 12 in the win.
Wallace De Souza led the Brazilian team with 17 points, and Lucas Saatkamp, Ricardo Lucarelli and Douglas Souza made 14, 13 and 11 points respectively.

Bruno Rezende, Brazil’s setter: “We just lost our chance for bronze because Argentina were superior to us in this match. We made a lot more mistakes than usual and they obviously performed better. In the fifth set we talked about our inconsistencies in the game, but they had more patience and kept the ball up.”

| 2020 Tokyo Olympics men’s volleyball tournament:

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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| SEMIFINALS:

August 5:
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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