News ID: 264200
Published: 0819 GMT January 12, 2020

Iran to face China for Tokyo 2020 volleyball berth

Iran to face China for Tokyo 2020 volleyball berth

Iran’s Milad Ebadipour (2) hits a spike against South Korea at the Men's Continental Tokyo 2020 Volleyball Qualification in Jiangmen, China, on January 11, 2020.

Sports Desk

A five-set thriller on Saturday saw Iran overcome South Korea in Jiangmen, China, and set up a rematch with host China in the Men's Continental Tokyo 2020 Volleyball Qualification final.

Having lost the first set 22-25, the Asian champion bounced back to win the next two sets 25-21 and 25-18 before a fourth-set 25-22 win for the East Asian side forced a tiebreaker.

Igor Kolakovic’s men, however, rose up to the occasion in the decider, coming out victorious by a 15-13 scoreline.

Ali Shafiei and Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi led the scoring for Iran with 17 and 16 points respectively, while Kwang-In Jeon and Chul-Woo Park had 25 and 22 points to their name in the South Korea outfit.

“It was a very special game for us as team Korea put us under pressure from the beginning of game. They had good serves and position in defense,” Kolakovic said after the game.

“We didn’t find a way to make some good serves. But after the first set, we started to play much better, fighting for each point until the end. And I am very happy to qualify for the final. I don’t care about who our opponents will be, tomorrow there will be new opportunities for us to win an important game,” added the Montenegrin.

In the other semifinal on Saturday, China overcame Qatar in four sets (25-22, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20) against the home crowd to head into the final.

It will be winner-takes-all in Sunday's encounter in a rematch of the group stage showdown witch saw Iran claim victory in straight sets.








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