Report by Press TV; photos by ISNA
Iranian national volleyball team has lost to Brazil 3-2 and earned one point in the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League. In their second encounter at Azadi Sports Complex in Tehran on Sunday, the nine-time World League champion managed to edge past Iran (25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 23-25, 15-10) in the fourth week of the competitions.
Powerhouse Iran had defeated Brazil (18-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-9) on Friday.
The Iranian volleyball players made a quick start in the first set and managed to gain a 5-2 lead. The Brazilians, however, took the lead at the first technical timeout and managed to keep it until the set ended 25-19.
In the second set, Iran took an early lead again but the visitors turned the tide at the first technical break and finally clinched the second set 25-16.
Iran's storming start in the third set brought about a 14-9 lead with the players persevering to finish the set 25-23.
Brazililan women supporting their team
Like the third set, the hosts continued their dominance in the fourth set to repeat their 25-23 victory and force the game into the deciding fifth set.
In the fifth set the Brazilian volleyball players opened up a 9-5 lead. Despite the hosts' unflinching endeavor, the Brazilians finished the set 15-10 to seal the 3-2 victory.
Iran will face Italy in Tehran on Friday and Sunday in the fifth week of the competitions.
Currently, Italy is on top of Pool A with 19 points and is followed by Poland and Brazil both with 8 points as well as Iran with 7.
Related News by Radio Zamaneh: Iranian women barred from volleyball game
Iranian women were prohibited from entering the stadium to watch a volleyball game between Iran and Brazil.
Bank Varzesh website reports that a group of about 60 Iranian women who had arrived at the stadium were denied entrance, while Brazilian women were allowed to enter.
Brazilian women were however were allowed in the stadium
The two teams met on Friday in Tehran, and Iran defeated the Brazilian team for the second time.
The report adds that a group of women's rights activists was among the women who sought access to the game on Friday June 13.
According to the rules of the World Federation of Volleyball, Iran is obligated to provide women with access to the stadium to watch the game.
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