Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, June 25, 2017 - With a top two placement by both Iran and Argentina, the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship match between the countries promised to be a hard-fought one. In a five-set thriller, Iran overpowered Argentina in five sets.
With no pressure of moving forward in to the last eight placements, this
match was just as competitive with a 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 18-25 and 15-12 score.
Argentina started off well however it was Iran's solid reception and attacks that made them win their first set 25:21.
Argentina was not able to get over the 40% attack score as they fought the battle with Iran in the second set. Iran closed it 25:20.
Argentina only just overpowered their opponents in the third set by 23:25 with solid attacks.
The South American team progressed their game in the fourth set with a strong 18-25 result.
The comeback by the Argentineans led to a tie-break and it was a thrilling one. With some serious break points, Iran advanced their play and stayed on top of their Pool D.
Behrouz Ataei, coach of Iran:
This match was beautiful, Argentina was a very good team, My players could not do everything we had planned but now I am very happy with this result. We earned this first place in our group and we are looking forward to the next stage."
Rasoul Aghchehli, captain of Iran: "We came here to win every match and so we did. It was a good game and a hard one at the same time. We followed the instructions from our coach and we made it."
Alejandro Grossi, coach of Argentina: "It was an interesting match, both teams played well except for us in the first set. Then we played better and in the final stage of the match we made some mistakes and we had to pay a high price for that."
Ignacio Roberts, captain of Argentina: "We are a very close and good team. When every player can play at a 100% we are great. We lost but we take this experience with us for the next match."
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