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Brazil suffer injuries in Russia win as Germany and Iran progress

Brazil overcame Russia to ensure progress to round three of the FIVB World Championship as Pool F winners.

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The defending champions had beaten Canada 25-19 25-23 29-27 on Saturday to secure a place in the next phase and, although they found the going slightly tougher against Russia, Bernardo Rezende's team beat their fellow qualifiers 25-21 24-26 25-19 25-19.

Both nations headed into the contest protecting unbeaten records but the holders prevailed to chalk up a 13th consecutive world championship win.

Brazil attacker Leandro Vissotto starred from the bench and scored his 15th point of the contest when he made match point - but victory came at a cost as three of his team-mates sustained injuries.

Rezende said: "We're very happy for the result. We served well and we received well. Unfortunately injuries came - we have lost Wallace and Sidao has problems with knees, Murillo with [his] leg " it was [a] good win with [a] bitter taste. We hope to recover them before the most important rounds."

The final qualification spot in the pool came down to Sunday's subsequent clash between Germany and Canada, with the European nation claiming the two sets they needed to be sure of progressing before closing out a 28-26 25-22 25-23 victory.

In the remaining games in Pool F, both dead rubbers, Finland eased through Bulgaria's challenge 25-18 25-21 25-18 before China battled past Cuba in five sets.

In Pool E, Poland and France enjoyed a memorable tussle for top spot, with the host nation prevailing 25-18 21-25 25-23 22-25 15-12 on the night.

But France secured a first-place finish - and the ultimate prize of avoiding Brazil in round three - by taking the game to five sets and denying Poland the three-point victory they needed to overhaul their opponents in the standings.

Brazil and France are now placed into Pool H and Pool G respectively, and a second and third-place finisher from each of Pool E or F will be drawn to join them.

There were no outright qualification issues at stake in Pool E's headline evening encounter after the United States' hopes were scuppered by a 25-19 26-28 20-25 25-23 11-15 loss to Argentina.

Building on victory over Italy on Saturday, the already eliminated South American team continued to salvage pride - Facundo Conte leading the way with 21 points.

The main beneficiaries of USA woe were Iran, who impressively dispatched Serbia 27-25 22-25 25-22 25-18 to claim third spot.

Amir Ghafour was the start of the show for the victors with a 30-point haul.

Italy ensured Australia ended their Pool E campaign winless as they closed out a 25-23 25-14 21-25 25-18 victory.

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