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News number: 9007274821

18:21 | 2011-11-25

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Iran Defeat Argentina in 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran defeated Argentina by 3-2 in second round of 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup on Friday.



Iran and Argentina went head to head today, on the second day of the second round of the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup. The tournament fixture saw Iran and Argentina took place in Osaka at the Osaka Central Gym. The Iranian squad had a close call but beat the South Americans by 3-2

The match between the two teams went on for five long and grueling sets which kept the spectators glued to their seats. The first set of the match saw the Argentineans take the lead from early on and once they had the advantage, they did not let go of it while the Iranians kept trailing behind all the way till the end of the opening set. The loss of the first set caused the Iranians to step up their game in the second set which made the frame stay close all through with the Iranians equalizing the match in the end.

The third set shifted the momentum to the Argentineans again but the Iranians were able to win themselves the fourth set and take the match to a fifth one which Iran bagged and sealed the deal on the match at the following final set scores: 15-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-16 and 15-12.

Following the match, Iran's coach Julio Velasco said, "We are very happy with this victory. Argentina is a strong team but a young one. We served very well today. Our system of blocking and defense worked well. (Mehdi) Mahdavi is a setter who blocks very well."

Argentina's coach Javier Weber said, "In all sets we had a very difficult game. It was tight. Our problem was in attacking. Then our blocking and defense didn't work. It was the combination of those that led to the result today."