Russia made its presence felt by Finland with a straight-set triumph to stay undefeated in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 10, 2014 – Brazil and Russia enjoyed the start of the second round with victories to keep a clean slate in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship.
Brazil and Russia defeated opponents Bulgaria and Finland, respectively, in straight sets to stay undefeated in the tournament after six matches. In the first round, Brazil defeated Finland in straight sets, while Russia prevailed in their five-setter race with Bulgaria.
Russia 450th set win – Russia have now won exactly 450 sets at the World Championship. Russia have also won their first six matches of a World Championship in 28 years.
Italy straight-set sting
– After 18 World Championship matches, Italy suffered a defeat in straight sets since being defeated by Brazil 3-0 in 2006. Serbia handed this defeat to Italy, which certainly missed the brilliant offence of Ivan Zaytsev for this match. Zaytsev returned home because of an injury he sustained in their last match in the first round against USA.
Brazil’s 70th straight-set triumph – Brazil have now won 70 World Championship matches in straight sets and have become the second nation to achieve this feat following Russia (including Soviet Union).
Bulgaria’s lose steam after 32 matches – Bulgaria lost a World Championship match without winning a set for the first time in 16 years. Their last adversaries where they suffered a straight sets loss were Russia. Bulgaria had played 32 matches since, winning at least one set against their opponents.
France need one more win to achieve record wins in a row – France won their fourth successive World Championship match and are one match shy of their record consecutive wins of five. After defeating Argentina, the successive wins can be achieved if they win against Australia, who suffered a loss against Iran on the second round opener.
Germany on a five-match win-streak – Germany have now won five World Championship matches in a row for the first time as Unified Germany. The last Germany team to achieve this feat was East Germany between 1966 and 1970.
Iran match 1970 successive win record – Iran equalled their record of three successive victories at the World Championship in 1970. After losing to France in the first round, Iran started this winning run by beating Belgium 3-1, Puerto Rico 3-0, and Australia 3-1.
Canada break 40-year old win-record – Canada have now won five consecutive World Championship matches for the first time in history. They have broken their 40-year old record when they won four in a row in 1974.
Host team’s first loss – Poland suffered their first defeat in this World Championship edition. After mounting an impressive 5-0 win-loss record and only a single set dropped in the first round, Poland fell in the hands of USA in a four-setter.
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