Varna, Bulgaria, September 18, 2018 - Iran beat Finland 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12) in an epic duel in Pool D in Varna. The match laster 140 minutes, just a couple of the record for a longest match at an FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship since the introduction of the current scoring system.
Yes, they made it!— Volleyball World (@FIVBVolleyball) September 18, 2018
After being behind 1-2, Iran 🇮🇷 gained a second wind and turned the game around, beating Finland 🇫🇮 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12) in Varna.
Full report on this pool D match here: https://t.co/y9cNk9QGKE#FIVBMensWCH#volleyballWCHs#volleyball pic.twitter.com/HHQX8SGuMD
Despite being assured of a fourth place finish in the poll Finland put its usual six on the court to open the match. Iran coach Igor Kolakovic opted for a change giving Amir Toukhteh his first start of the tournament. Trailing 11-14 midway through the opening set Asian Games champions went on a 9-1 run. To effectively kill Finnish hopes. Captain Mir Saeid Marouf sped up the outcome with a couple of wicked serves for 25-19.
Iran 🇮🇷 defeated Finland 🇫🇮 3-2 in an epic duel in pool D in Varna. The game lasted 140 minutes, just a couple of the record for the longest match at the #FIVBMensWCH since the introduction of the current scoring system.https://t.co/4TAIY30s8D#volleyballWCHs#volleyball pic.twitter.com/sz4aiXLwTe— Volleyball World (@FIVBVolleyball) September 18, 2018
The roles were reversed in Set 2. Finland had a 6-2 run to close it 25-22 with a long and emotional final point. Both teams showed great defense as Niko Suihkonen needed three spike attempts before finding a way through Iranian block. Set 3 was tight and tense.
They might not be as many as the Finns, but the Iranian fans make some noise in Varna. Iran 🇮🇷 is losing to Finland 🇫🇮 by 2-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-23) in pool D.— Volleyball World (@FIVBVolleyball) September 18, 2018
Could the Persian side make a comeback?
Take a look: https://t.co/Q7XhvGnAW2#FIVBMensWCH#volleyballWCHs#volleyball pic.twitter.com/NxwU9zzjSM
There were 11 lead changes and no team led by more than three points. Finnish setter Eemi Tervaportti came big with two blocks, the second to give the Europeans two set points. Saber Kazemi's spike prevented Finland from closing the set on the first but just moments later he was at fault for touching the net - 25-23.
Tie-breaker!— Volleyball World (@FIVBVolleyball) September 18, 2018
Iran 🇮🇷 extends the game to five, as they won the fourth set 25-23 against Finland 🇫🇮 in Varna.
Who will win this great match in pool D?
Stay tuned for more: https://t.co/JqWOKwisFN#FIVBMensWCH#volleyballWCHs#volleyball pic.twitter.com/M2f2bSQFEo
After Iran won Set 4 25-23 with a late surge and there wasn't a contest anymore. The Asians raced to a 6-2 lead in the tiebreak to record their fourth win of the championship.
Ghara Ebadipour was the top scorer for the winners with 18 points. Morteza
Sharifi recorded a personal high of the tournament with 16, Ali Shafiei finished
For Finland Niko Suihkonen accounted for 19 points, Samuli Kaislasalo - for 16.
Finland now packs suitcases for a trip to Milan where and the Pool E. Iranians await the outcome of Bulgaria - Poland match to learn whether they stay in Varna or travel to Sofia for Round 2.
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