Dragged to the restrict by a foe that had nothing extra to lose, Italy on Thursday wanted to dig deep to carve out a 25-14, 23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-9 win over Canada to securely make the ultimate week of the lads’s Volleyball Nations League (VNL).
However that’s simply half the job for the Italians.
“It’s going to be very exhausting, however we’ll attempt to get as excessive within the rankings (as we will),” Yuri Romano stated as Italy closes out towards Slovenia after which unbeaten Japan within the subsequent two days beginning on Friday to remain within the high half of the draw that may advance to the final stage to be held in Poland.
“It’s very exhausting to complete high 4,” Romano stated after serving to Italy take a 4-0 lead at the beginning of the fifth which proved sufficient to carry off the sport Canadians. “However we’ll attempt very exhausting. The remaining video games will probably be robust, particularly towards Japan.”
The Japanese are the one unbeaten facet within the 16-nation occasion and everybody can be taking photographs at them beginning with Friday’s schedule after they battle back-to-the-wall The Netherlands within the 7 p.m. contest additionally at Mall of Asia Area.
Italy rose to 7-3 like Brazil, which pushed The Netherlands to the wall earlier after a 25-21, 25-15, 25-20 victory.
Two days after being taken down by the Italians right here, the Brazilians pounced on the weary Dutch—who returned to the ground lower than 20 hours after a grind-out win over the Canadians—to rise to 7-3 general heading into the ultimate three playdates.
Honorato Nobrega and Saatkamp Lucas scored 10 factors every for the Brazilians, who battle Poland on Friday and China the next day, attempting to remain on the high half of the quarterfinal draw to earn a comparatively lighter project within the quarterfinals.
The Dutch slumped to a degree 5-5 file and opened the door to France and Serbia, that are enjoying within the simultaneous leg in Anaheim, California. The French and the Serbs have 4-5 data.
“We have to play very properly in our ultimate two video games,” Michieletto Alessandro, the crowd-darling who top-scored with 18 factors, stated when requested of the rest of their schedule. “We are going to play very robust groups, particularly Japan.”
Canada misplaced for the second straight recreation right here to be at 2-8, though it bravely fought off an early finish towards the Italians by getting back from 21-23 down within the fourth set to forge the decider.
“They had been very robust,” Alessandro stated. “We would have liked to play our greatest.”
Solely the highest eight groups will probably be advancing after the completion of schedule on Sunday earlier than motion goes to Poland for the knockout phases.
The highest-seeded crew will battle No. 8; No. 2 slugs it out with No. 7; the third-ranked squad takes on No. 6 and Nos. 4 and 5 conflict in no-tomorrow video games to find out the ultimate 4 groups that may hold their photographs on the $1.5 million (roughly P84M) champion’s prize.
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