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VNL 2022: Italy and Iran (3-2 over Pool hosts Poland!) open Pool 6 in Gdańsk with victories

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At the opening of Week 3 of the 2022 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League in Gdańsk, Poland, a good Italy defeat a bad Bulgaria (with only one victory in the competition so far) in just three sets (15:25, 20:25, 23:25). First two sets with only one side to the court while, in third sets, finally also Bulgaria start playing, with a +3 lead, 11-8, until a great 22-18. However, they disappear again, suffering a 7-1 comeback at the hands of an Italy who playing a great performance in blocking with 12 points from this element. With this victory, the winners can celebrate a temporary first place in the standings.

On the second match of Pool 6, the brave Iranians defeated Poland, preventing rivals to continue their big winning streak.
Polish players and their head coach Grbić didn’t present themselves in a good way to the home fans in their debut in front own crowd in the competition. After a difficult game full of twists and turns, they lost to Iran 2-3 (21:25, 25:23, 25:22, 25:27, 15:7) and got trampled in the tie-break.
The matches between these two sides have a long and emotional history, filled with a lot of tensions on the court. However, with the new generations who now play for both Poland and Iran, these meetings no longer go beyond just pure sports rivalry.
This time, the rejuvenated Asian team showed that with many new faces in the team, they are still a very demanding opponent for the current world champions who came to Gdańsk with the strongest composition and a six-game winning streak, which got interrupted.
Amirhossein Esfandiar was the top scorer among the winners with 21 points.

🏐| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Italy 22
Poland 22
France 21
USA 20
Japan 18
Brazil 15
The Netherlands 14
Iran 14
Serbia 11
Argentina 11
Slovenia 9
Germany 7
China 6
Canada 6
Bulgaria 6
Australia 2

FULL PROGRAM

July 05, 2022

Pool 5 – Week 3 – Osaka 🇯🇵
• 15:00 (Local Time) USA – Germany 3-1 (25:21, 25:19, 22:25, 25:18)
• 18:00 (Local Time) Canada – Argentina 1-3 (21:25, 25:23, 21:25, 23:25)

👉🏼 Pool 6 – Week 3 – Gdansk 🇵🇱

• 16:00 (Local Time) Bulgaria – Italy 0-3 (15:25, 20:25, 23:25)

• 20:00 (Local Time) Iran – Poland 3-2 (21:25, 25:23, 25:22, 25:27, 15:7)

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July 06, 2022

Pool 5 – Week 3 – Osaka 🇯🇵
• 15:40 (Local Time) Brazil- Germany 3-1 (25:27, 25:17, 25:20, 25:19)
• 19:10 (Local Time) Japan – Australia 3-1 (25:18, 25:15, 23:25, 25:19)

Pool 6 – Week 3 – Gdansk 🇵🇱

• 16:00 (Local Time) The Netherlands – China 3-0 (29:27, 25:12, 25:13)
• 20:00 (Local Time) Slovenia – Serbia 3-0 (25:15, 25:19, 25:23)

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July 07, 2022

Pool 5 – Week 3 – Osaka 🇯🇵
• 12:00 (Local Time) France – USA 2-3 (25:15, 22:25, 25:22, 14:25, 8:15)
• 15:00 (Local Time) Germany – Australia 3-1 (20:25, 25:16, 25:21, 26:24)
• 18:00 (Local Time) Canada – Brazil 0-3 (18:25, 19:25, 16:25)

Pool 6 – Week 3 – Gdansk 🇵🇱
• 12:00 (Local Time) Italy – Iran 3-1 (25:16, 25:27, 25:23, 25:23)
• 16:00 (Local Time) Bulgaria – Slovenia 1-3 (22:25, 25:22, 18:25, 25:16)
• 20:00 (Local Time) Poland – China 3-0 (26:24, 25:16, 25:18)

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July 08, 2022

Pool 5 – Week 3 – Osaka 🇯🇵
• 12:40 (Local Time) Argentina – Australia 3-1 (21:25, 25:23, 25:19, 25:15)
• 15:40 (Local Time) France – Brazil 3-0 (25:21, 25:22, 25:21)
• 19:10 (Local Time) Japan – Canada 3-1 (25:20, 25:16, 22:25, 25:20)

Pool 6 – Week 3 – Gdansk 🇵🇱
• 12:00 (Local Time) Bulgaria – The Netherlands 3-1 (22:25, 25:16, 25:21, 25:21)
• 16:00 (Local Time) Slovenia – Iran 0-3 (24:26, 14:25, 21:25)
• 20:00 (Local Time) Italy – Serbia 3-0 (25:21, 25:14, 25:23)
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July 09, 2022

Pool 5 – Week 3 – Osaka 🇯🇵
• 12:40 (Local Time) France – Argentina 1-3 (22:25, 25:23, 23:25, 19:25)
• 15:40 (Local Time) Canada – USA 0-3 (19:25, 15:25, 19:25)
• 19:10 (Local Time) Germany – Japan 1-3 (25:23, 22:25, 20:25, 20:25)

Pool 6 – Week 3 – Gdansk 🇵🇱
• 12:00 (Local Time) China – Bulgaria 3-1 (26:28, 25:23, 25:23, 25:17)
• 16:00 (Local Time) Iran – Serbia 3-0 (35:33, 25:21, 25:12)
• 20:00 (Local Time) Poland – The Netherlands 3-0 (25:19, 25:23, 25:22)

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July 10, 2022

Pool 5 – Week 3 – Osaka 🇯🇵
• 12:40 (Local Time) USA – Argentina 3-2 (29:27, 22:25, 20:25, 25:23, 17:15)
• 15:40 (Local Time) Australia – France 0-3 (16:25, 12:25, 26:28)
• 19:10 (Local Time) Brazil – Japan 3-0 (25:23, 25:23, 25:22)

Pool 6 – Week 3 – Gdansk 🇵🇱
• 12:00 (Local Time) China – Serbia 1-3 (17:25, 17:25, 25:23, 22:25)
• 16:00 (Local Time) Italy – The Netherlands 3-0 (25:23, 26:24, 25:21)
• 20:00 (Local Time) Poland – Slovenia 3-1 (25:14, 25:23, 23:25, 25:17)

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