Brazil, USA, Poland take top spots after Men’s World Cup Round 1
Brazil celebrate a point against Iran on Sunday
In the first set, Iran coach Igor Kolakovic called upon his younger hitters Porya Yali and Amirhossein Esfandiar from the men's U21 team. The Iranian side delivered well on attack and showed they could also convert on blocks. Brazil tried to deliver their serves with pressure and played good defence to keep the contest close.
Brazil coach Renan Dal Zotto during a time-out
Japan no. 11 Yuji Nishida serves in front of a sold-out crowd in Marinmesse Fukuoka
Russia 3-1 Egypt
Russia also fared well in their serve-receive, giving setter Sergey Grankin the ability to enable attacks from the middle by Igor Philippov and Ivan Iakovlev. Yaroslav Podlesnykh led all scorers on the board with 17 points.
Stephen Maar provided a stellar performance of 24 points, from 20 attacks, two blocks and two service winners.
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