Nagoya, Japan, September 12, 2017 - Iran defeated Italy in five sets 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 28-26, 29-31, 15-11) in the second match of the 2017 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup.
Amir Ghafour and Milad Ebadipour's fiery performance sparked Iran's win. Ebadipour and Ghafour registered 21 and 20 points to lead the Iranian offence, while Filippo Lanza and Oleg Antonov made 23 and 18 points to command the Italian side. Iran benefitted from the 42 turnovers of Italy.
Italy won the inaugural edition of the World Grand Champions Cup in 1993 and claimed bronze medals in 2005 and 2013, while Iran seek a medal in their third appearance. These two squads met for the second time at the World Grand Champions Cup today. In their first encounter, Iran beat Italy in five sets.
Iran will face the U.S. on Wednesday.
The Men's World Grand Champions Cup features a total of six teams that play in a
round-robin tournament from September 12 to 17. Nagoya and Osaka host the
seventh edition of the tournament.
The competition has brought six teams Iran, Japan, the U.S., France, Italy and Brazil together in Nagoya and Osaka, Japan from 12 to 17 September.
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