Yali and Esfandiar ignite Iran’s 3-0 win against Brazil


Riffa, Bahrain, August 25, 2017 - Iran claimed a 3-0 victory against Brazil (25-21, 25-20, 25-15) in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship. Friday’s victory at Isa City Sports Hall earns them a semi-finals seat in the competition.

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Porya Yali was the top scorer for Iran with 18 points, while Amirhossein Esfandiar added 14 more points. Victor Cardoso and Welinton Oppenkoski were Brazil’s top performers scoring 13 points each.

The Asian side dominated their opponents on attacks, with Yali and Esfandiar comprising a powerful frontline. Brazil could match up with this kind of power, but they needed to work hard on defence. The South American mostly found difficulty in passing the ball, and their usual hitters could not find the right momentum nor tempo. Meanwhile, Iran also showed how they could also play good defence, both by the net and on the floor. The Iran team connected with 39 attacks, 10 blocks kills, and limited their error-count to just 12 to win the match in straight sets.


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