Brazil survive seven sets to make semifinals


Cairo, Egypt, August 21, 2017 - Brazil staged a thrilling comeback from two sets down at 1-3 to beat Cuba 4-3 (13-15, 15-13, 11-15, 11-15, 15-11, 15-8, 15-12) here Monday, remain unbeaten in four matches, and secure a ticket to the semifinals of the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship.

Brazil went 4-0, claiming not just their ticket to the semifinals, but also securing first place in Pool A, which means they avoid the first-ranked team of Pool B. Cuba dropped to 2-2 and remain very much in contention for the second qualifying spot from Pool A.

This was the third seven-setter of the competition, after Egypt beat Japan and China edged Turkey on the opening day.

All matches in Cairo are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

Matheus Bispo dos Santos scored 19 points for Brazil, but Cuba's Miguel Lopez with 21 was top scorer of the game.

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