Italy back in the semifinals

Italy Volleyball World Cup

In an entertaining five-setter at the Italy Volleyball World Cup, the Europeans defeat the Olympic champions in Ljubljana betting sites?

Three-time global champions Italy are in the semifinals of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship for the first time in 12 years after defeating defending Olympic winners France in the quarterfinals of the tournament’s 20th edition in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Wednesday.

Italy Volleyball World Cup

The World Championship winners of 1990, 1994, and 1998 are just one win away from their first medal in 24 years after coming from behind twice to defeat their French opponents in a nail-biting five-set (24-26, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12) battle that provided a great spectacle for the fans in Slovenia’s capital at the Italy Volleyball World Cup. The Italians’ semifinal opponents will be revealed later on Wednesday, when hosts Slovenia plays Ukraine at Arena Stozice in Ljubljana at 21.00 local time (19.00 GMT).

With the win, the defending European champions avenged back-to-back losses to the reigning Olympic champions earlier this season in the Volleyball Nations League, including a setback in the event’s quarterfinals. France’s unexpectedly high 49 mistakes (compared to 39 for Italy) proved too much against a squad of Italy’s ability, even if the Olympic winners were more productive offensively (56 kills to 47). The Italians enjoyed a ten-to-six advantage in blocks and aces (six to four).

Italy Volleyball World Cup

“It’s great, a really pleasant feeling now,” remarked Italian captain Simone Giannelli after the game. “France has been one of the finest teams in the previous 10 years, and playing against them is really tough because they have so many fantastic players.” I’ve been up against them for a few years now, and I don’t believe I’ve won more than a few times. We had a rough start, but as we controlled their primary servers, the game leveled down. I’m quite proud of the squad. We’re young, yet we’re packed with strength, talents, and enthusiasm.”

Giannelli deployed his scoring trio to perfection at the Italy Volleyball World Cup, featuring Yuri Roman and outside hitters Alessandro Michieletto and Daniele Lavia, who combined for 50 points in the match. The match’s leading scorer was 25-year-old Roman, who had 22 kills, one block, and four aces.

Michieletto, a 20-year-old left-handed player, contributed 14 points with 12 kills, one block, and one ace, while Lavia finished with 12 points after ten kills and two blocks. Andrea Giani, the French head coach who was a member of the Italian side throughout their three world championship campaigns as a player, sought to find answers throughout the match, putting all but two of his available players to the court.

Opposite Jean Patry, who began the game on the bench, finished with 16 points, all of which came from kills. He had one more kill than Earvin Ngapeth, who had 13 kills, one block, and one ace. With 11 points, middle blocker Barthélémy Chinenyeze became the third French player to reach double figures (eight kills, three blocks) at the Italy Volleyball World Cup.

Italy Volleyball World Cup

There will also be two quarterfinal matches on Thursday, both in Gliwice, Poland. Argentina and Brazil will take the court first, at 17.30 local time (15.30 GMT), followed by hosts Poland and the United States at 21.00 local time (19.00 GMT).

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