First defeat of USA: 3:0 against Brazil.

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Brazil-USA 3:0 (25:20, 25:18, 25:19)
Brazil: Mauricio Souza 4, William, Douglas 6, Eder 10, Evandro 19, Kadu 11, Maique (L), Thales (L), Bruno, Wallace, Isac, Lucas Loh 6, Lipe ne, Lucas ne. Coach. Marcelo Ricardo.
USA: McDonnell 4, Jendryk 9, Shoji K. 3, Langlois 9, Averill 7, Patch 6, Watten (L), Shoji E. (L), Russell ne, Sander ne, Christenson ne, Holt ne, Smith ne. Coach. John Speraw.

Both teams, both already qualified, played more or less with their subs, resting their holding players ahead of Saturday’s semifinals. Brazil destroyed USA 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-19), so finish on the top of their pool in Round 3 of World Championship. The result only served to determine who finished first and who second. This was USA’s first defeat in the competition, after a run of nine straight victories.

Brazil will meet the second-placed team from the Pool I, while the USA will play against the first placed side. Evandro Guerra had a good performance, finishing the match as top scorer, with 19 points.

Tomorrow’s semifinals:
• Brazil v second of Pool J (Serbia or Poland/Italy)
• First of Pool J (Serbia or Poland/Italy) v USA

Photo FIVB.