A “thriller” of Cuba and Japan in the League of Nations

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It was a very close match this Friday, when Japan beat Cuba three sets to two on the third day of group two of the Volleyball Nations League, based in Rio de Janeiro.

Both teams starred in “one of the most exciting duels” so far in the tournament. The Asians, who remain undefeated, emerged victorious after more than two hours of action, highlights the site volleyballworld.

“In the duel anyone could have won and the one who made the fewest mistakes did so,” notes a report from the sports portal. Hit.

In it tie-breaker The Antilleans were one away from victory (14-11), “but long serve, outside attack and Japanese block caused the tie at 14,” he points out. Hit: “From then on it was a point-by-point battle until after the embrace of 20, Japan, with a ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, scored two goals in a row and celebrated the victory as something great.”

Despite this failure (18-25, 25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 22-20), after resounding victories over Brazil and Germany, the Cubans maintain their chances of obtaining an Olympic quota, taking into account that this is the first of the three weeks planned for the preliminary phase, the Cuban media reports.

Jesús Cruz’s students surpassed the Japanese in attack (69-56) and blocking (20-8), but not in direct points per service (5-6), an action where they committed the majority of mistakes, adding 28.

The top scorer was Miguel Ángel López (25), who was followed by Marlon Yant (17), Javier Concepción and Robertlandy Simón (14), and José Massó (11); The latter, played opposite in the last two sets by Michael Sánchez “El Ruso”, scored eight goals.

Volleyball Nations League: Cuba knocks down Germany and enters the Olympic qualification zone

Five men also scored double figures for the Asians, led by Shoma Tomita (13) and followed by Kento Miyaura (12), and Yuji Nishida, Taishi Onodera and Tatsunori Otsuka, all with 11 points.

This Saturday the Cubans face Iran, starting at 8 pm. Their rivals, who still hope to reach Paris, have lost against Serbia 1-3 and against Italy in continuous sets, he remembers Hit.

 
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