The soviets and the Brazilians won their semifinal matches against Serbia and Cuba and qualified to the definition match. Who will be World League winner?
The south Americans will fight to keep the World League Cup that won in the last season and the Asiatic team wants to get the second championship ever.
In the argentine afternoon the Russians won clearly in three sets (26/24, 25/15, 25/20) in 1:17 hour because they have the best scorer in the tournament, Maxim Mihaylov, who made the most important 21 points in the game with his characteristic strength and determination. Although he is 22 years old, he played like an experience player and got 15 effective spikes, 5 blocks and an ace.
It was the fourth FIVB Final Six match between Russia and Serbia since 2006. The European squad won two of the games and yesterday, Russia tied the statistics and passed the difficult exam to go finals.
Brazil, the 2009 champion, played against Cuba and the crowd –who support Caribbean team- in a match that had a lot of mistakes of both sides: 72. There wasn´t a good game but in fact, it had a lot of suspense.
Orlando Samuels coach celebrated the first set (21/25) as his players made a good job (specially Leon) but since the second chapter the wind-spikers of the best FIVB ranked national team, Murilo and Dante Amaral made the difference with fast combinations and a share of fortune. Brazil crossed a difficult moment in the third period and opposite Theo offered another avenue of attack to worry Cubans (25/19, 25/21, 25/20).
On Sunday, Brazil has the opportunity to win and overcome Italy in the ranking of World League championships with nine cups. The south Americans remember the final against Russia in Poland 2007 but also, the one that lost in Belo Horizonte in 2002.