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Volleyball: India, China, Japan, Iran reach last 16 of Men’s U21 World Cup

India (white) beat China 3-0 in Pool A, but both teams will compete in the round of 16 on Wednesday. Photo: FIVB.

India (white) beat China 3-0 in Pool A, but both teams will compete in the round of 16 on Wednesday. Photo: FIVB.

August 27, 2013: Egypt (Pool A), Japan, Mexico (both Pool B), USA (Pool C) and Italy (Pool D) joined the 11 previously qualified teams to complete the round of 16 at the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship following a thrilling fifth and final day of the preliminary round held in Ankara and Izmir on Monday.


Early on Sunday, Turkey, India, China (Pool A), Iran, Argentina (Pool B), Serbia, Canada, Tunisia (Pool C), Russia, France and Brazil (Pool D) had booked their qualification tickets to the knockout stage.


India earned their third consecutive victory over China, winning 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-18) to finish second in the Pool A behind Turkey, with China third.


India coach TC Jothish said: “It was a good game today and to win against such a strong team as China gives us confidence. Teams that can combine well win games and we did it. Also, the Chinese team was tired as they played five sets against Turkey. But our next game is more important and we will try to do our best.”


China coach Zhang Di vowed that his side would bounce back in the round of 16 against Argentina. “Today, each player in my team was very tired after the five-set match against Turkey. I think that the reason for our loss is just being tired after yesterday. But we will do our best in the next matches.”


Turkey finished their matches on Sunday with a 4-0 record, while Morocco surprised Egypt with an epic 3-2 (18-25, 16-25, 25-23, 32-30, 15-11) win in their North African clash, although Egypt remained fourth in the pool, ahead of Morocco.


Iran concluded Pool B with a perfect record after their win in straight sets against Mexico who finished fourth, while Argentina came second.


Pool C was the most exciting as USA, who waited till the last day to confirm their ticket, beat neighbours Canada 3-0 to jump to second. Serbia beat Rwanda to lead the pool, keeping the African side in fifth position.


In Pool D Russia suffered their first defeat against Italy and kept their position at the top of the pool, while the winners finished fourth. Brazil remained second after beating Venezuela, who finished fifth and will contest the classification tournament.


After a rest day on Tuesday, the competition resumes with the round of 16 on Wednesday (see match-ups below).


The winners of the playoff matches will advance to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals to be classified from first to eighth, while the losers will play classification matches, with a similar quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals system, to be classified from ninth to 16th. The bottom-ranked teams of each pool (Morocco, Estonia, Rwanda, and Venezuela) will play classification matches for 17th-20th place in a round-robin system starting from Thursday.


August 28: Round of 16

Iran meet Egypt; USA v Brazil; Argentina v China; Serbia v Italy; India v Japan; Russia v Tunisia; Turkey v Mexico; France v Canada.

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