Russia celebrate win over Algeria that sees them get on track to defend their FIVB Men's U23 World Championship title.
Cairo, Egypt, August 18, 2017 - Defending champions and hot favourites again this year Russia opened their campaign at the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship with a convincing show of strength against Algeria, while Brazil, the only other country to win an U23 title, posted the other straight-set win of the day over Algeria as the competition opened here Friday.
Russia thundered past Algeria 4-0 (15-8, 15-11, 15-11, 15-8) in 49 minutes and Brazil destroyed Mexico 4-0 (15-7, 15-8, 15-6, 15-10) in 69 minutes.
Meanwhile, in other Pool A action Poland outlasted Cuba in a very tight game 4-1 (15-12, 12-15, 16-14, 15-10, 17-15) and hosts Egypt staged a great upset in edging Japan 4-3 (15-10, 15-13, 12-15, 15-8, 9-15, 13-15, 15-10).
In Pool B China came back from a set down at 1-2 to edge Turkey 4-3 (19-17, 12-15, 11-15, 15-8, 15-10, 10-15, 15-10) in an hour and 42 minutes and Argentina outclassed Iran 4-2 (16-14, 11-15, 15-11, 18-16, 13-15, 15-10).
The top two teams of each pool advance to the semifinals.
All matches in Cairo are played under a new scoring system currently being tested
: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.
Competition in Cairo continues on Saturday with the second round of pool play, including clashes of undefeated sides Brazil v Poland in Pool A, and Iran v China in Pool B.
All matches are available to watch live or on demand on the FIVB YouTube Channel
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