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Iran Defeats Japan at Men's World Championship

Source: Press TV

The Iranian volleyball team has defeated Japan at the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship in Milan to qualify for the next round of the event.

Iran came from behind to beat Japan 3-1 on Sunday and taste their first ever preliminary round victory in the world championships. Iran had never experienced a win in its three appearances in the competitions.

The Iranian athletes, who were pummeled by Egypt in straight sets in their opening match, beat the Japanese team 15-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-23 in Pool A, the Mehr news agency reported.

Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan was the match's top scorer with 23 points, while Mohammad Mohammad Kazem was Iran's leader with 17 points.

Japan managed to dig deep to claim the opening set and pushed Iran right up to the final whistle of the third set.

The win gives Iran a record of one win and one defeat before they face Italy in their final first-round test on Monday. Italy defeated Japan 3-0 on the first day.

In other matches of the second day of the tournament, Canada, who was downed by Poland on the opening day, beat Serbia, Cuba made it two wins from two with a victory over Tunisia, and the Czech Republic recovered from its opening loss to France to beat

Olympic champion the United States and title defender Brazil also made it two straight wins with victories against Venezuela and Spain respectively. On the first day, the US defeated Mexico, and Brazil downed Tunisia.

A total of 24 teams divided into six groups of four are competing in the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship in Milan, Italy.

Iran, China, Australia, and Japan entered the event from the Asian Volleyball Confederation platform.

The tourney began on September 25 and runs until October 10.

In early August, Iran won its second consecutive title in the 2nd Asian Men's Cup Volleyball Championship.

Iran earned its maiden victory in the Asian Men's Cup Volleyball Championship by beating South Korea in the final in Thailand in September 2008.

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