Czech Republic finishes eighth at the U21 World Championships

In the battle for the seventh place earlier on Sunday, Brazil won over Czechia in three sets. Only in the second one did the Czech Republic put up more resistance, but it was not enough for a comeback.

Brazil v Czechia 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-15)

Brazil started off on the right foot in the match, taking an early 12-4 lead. The South Americans maintained the high level throughout the set, led by their middle blockers and Darlan Souza (five points and one ace). The Czech Republic suffered in reception, delivering only a 29% efficiency in this component. Czechia were close to tie the set score afterwards, starting better in the second set, leading by 10-6, but Brazil showed fighting spirit, with two blocks in a row. Darlan was delivering his best game again, also amazing the crowd with an outstanding foot save of an important ball. Leonardo finished the set in style with a block and two points in the end. With great blocks and serves, Brazil did not allow any surprises in the remaining set. With an ace, Guilherme Rech helped his team seize the victory.

Statistically, Brazil outperformed their opponents on all counts, delivering as many as 39 winning spikes, 12 blocks and four aces. The South Americans were also able to score more on their opponents’ errors (20). Brazil’s opposite Darlan proved his class once again, recording 15 points.

“We are happy about the match, but we were expecting more of the tournament. We would have loved to play in the final against Italy, but we couldn’t achieve it. Now, we are going back home to keep on working,” said Brazilian middle blocker Guilherme Rech.

FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship 2021
CVF – Czech Volleyball

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