Historic, yes. It doesn’t necessarily have to be gold to be. If you face the best volleyball team, with three Olympic and three world titles, and you win. If Argentina had only reaped an Olympic medal, and it is repeated 31 years later … The National Team won the classic against Brazil 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 20-25, 25-16 and 15-13) to, in addition, cut a run of medals that dragged from Athens 2004 with two golds and two silvers at the Olympics. It is the third metal of the delegation after the other bronze, that of the volleyball sevens, and the silver of Las Leonas.

Palcios blocks Wallace (EFE).

The duo Luciano de Cecco in the assembly and Facundo Conte in the attack started very oily and caused the most damage. But not only in plays between them, but directly to the Cachete serve, with four shifts that resulted in goals to separate 15-11, targeting one of the best players in the world, the Cuban Yoandy Leal, who had to sit for Douglas. Precisely because of the forward entered and seven errors (five serve) from Argentina, Brazil came 18-19. De Cecco, with another one-handed armed (with his back and to the point!), Generated the point from Lima and then another from Conte (scorer of the set with 9), and thus 25-23 was reached in the second ball set, with a great defense from Bruno Lima in the middle.

De Cecco gave Conte a break in the second and distributed balls for Solé, Loser and Palacios, who had scored two each when Argentina was able to equal Brazil at 13, courtesy of Lucas, a central player who plays with a chinstrap and takes it off when he goes to the bank, who made a mistake in attack. The parity was cut with a key point (20-17), which was left to arm Conte for Lima, who was blocked by Lucarelli, the third Brazilian cap after none in the first; Argentina had two in the previous boy and one in this one, but in the end the 4-1 difference in the second was decisive. Immediately, a great defense from Thales allowed Lucarelli’s point for Brazil to walk away and end up winning 25-20. The morning was going to be long …

Brazil went offline to play the third. Proof of this, there were two plays in which the point guard and the attacker did not understand each other, added to a ball far outside of Wallace, the Selection went ahead 6-2. But with pressure on serve (two aces), six goals from Lucarelli and more points from rival errors (8-4), Brazil turned it around. After 16-16, the Brazilians took off. Lima’s blocking of Douglas brought Leal back to the field and Brazil reached 19-17 and even managed to stretch the gap to win 25-20 the third.

Conte ends up on the floor (Reuters).

Conte ends up on the floor (Reuters).

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Argentina needed to come into play because the chance was leaving and they lost 6-5. Thus, De Cecco sought to hurt with the first times with Solé and Loser, and the punchers put a little more pepper. De Cecco also appeared in this area, facilitating a 6-0 run from 9-7, with the collaboration of the blocking (6-1 in the set). Brazil moved the bench but could not rotate, it only did so when the captain missed the service, but the damage was done. Now it was Brazil that had to risk, but Argentina did not miss the chance as it had in the initial phase (it was 2-1 and 17-11; they lost it in a tie-break) and won it 25-17 to send it to the tiebreaker.

Lima plays it (EFE).

Lima plays it (EFE).

Two errors and Conte’s blocking led the National Team 3-0 in the most important long set in its history. Seoul was remembered at the Ariake Arena, but in ’88 all the boys were played at 15, like this agonizing tie-break. However, Argentina was drawing drama with his character and control to maintain the advantage without hesitation, 10-5. He even recovered when Brazil approached 9-10 with Alan’s serves, with Conte’s touch (scorer with 21) included for 12-9. But … for something is Brazil, and they got 12-12 with an ace from Lucarelli, although Argentina reached 14-13 and with a block from Loser (16 points) closed it.

Gold is defined at 9 o’clock this Saturday with Russia vs. France.


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