Poland to defend world title against Brazil in repeat of 2014 final


Turin, Italy, September 29, 2018 - Poland set up a repeat of the 2014 FIVB World Championship final when they produced a solid performance to edge USA in five sets in the semifinals of this year's edition, advancing to meet Brazil on Sunday at the Pala Alpitour in this northern Italian city in the shadow of the Alps.

It was a tense semifinal, but Poland left no doubt who was in charge, especially in the tie-break when they broke away for a very quick wide lead and never had to look back.

Sunday's medal matches:
• Bronze medal - 17:00 local time (15:00 GMT): Serbia v USA
• Final - 21:15 local time (19:15 GMT): Brazil v Poland

Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia beats the block of Brazil's Luiz Felipe 'Lipe' Fonteles in the first semifinal of the 2018 FIVB World Championship.

Previously in Turin, Brazil had totally dominated Serbia in straight sets to advance to their fifth consecutive and sixth overall final of a World Championship.

It took some great attacking efficiency and even a change of setters in the third set for Brazil to bring it home after a quite entertaining - if brief - game.

Match Centres:
Brazil - Serbia 3-0
Poland - USA 3-2

The 2018 FIVB World Championship concludes on Sunday at the Pala Alpitour with the bronze medal match, followed by the final.

Brazil will be going for their fourth title in World Championship history, after winning three in a row in 2002, 2006 and 2010 before losing in the final to Poland in 2014.

Poland will be going for the third world title in their history, after 1974 and 2014.

Match Centres for the medals matches on Sunday 30 September in Turin:
Serbia v USA at 17:00 local time (15:00 GMT)
Brazil v Poland at 21:15 local time (19:15 GMT)

Poland in a huddle, after beating USA to advance to Sunday's final of the 2018 FIVB World Championship.

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