Report by Press TV; photos by Islamic Republic News Agency
Iran's volleyball team is overpowered by Italy in FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 semifinals, finishing fourth in the tournament notwithstanding its decent performance. The two sides went head to head at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence on Sunday, with Italy managing to get past Iran in straight sets (25-22, 25-18, and 25-22).
The games' four-day-long final round began in the Italian city on July 16.
The national team's opening final-round battle, saw the side fighting an uphill battle against Russia. The Asian champions won the first and fourth sets, but lost the second, third, and fifth (25-17, 18-25, 21-25, 37-35, and 15-8).
Subsequently, the team pitted its brawn against Brazil, defeating the tournament's nine-time champions 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 28-26) and securing semifinal spot in the Final Six.
It, however, forfeited its chance of advancing to the final confrontation after losing to the United States in three straight sets.
With Italy having secured their fourth bronze at the FIVB Volleyball World League, Brazil and the US are set to clash in their first-ever final matchup in the competition.
Iranian volleyball players
Led by Serbian Slobodan Kovac, Iran deservedly qualified into the tournament's final round from Pool A, trailing Brazil and 2012 champions Poland, and coming second after heavyweights Italy.
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