The Iran men’s national volleyball team has overpowered Germany for the third straight victory at the fifth week of the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League.
The Iranian outfit managed to beat the German side 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 22-25 and 15-11) at the end of a Pool 19 match played at the Azadi Indoor Stadium in western Tehran on Sunday evening.
The Iranian volleyball players, inspired by a vocal home crowd, started the game vigorously, scoring four of the first five points. The hosts then went on accumulating points and deservedly claimed the first set 25-20.
Germany started the second set sharper in the hope of shrugging off a lackluster opening. It was a see-sawing battle mid-set with both teams following each other point by point. Germany finally took the second set by 25 points to 22.
Iran regained composure and opened the third set with a blistering start. The hosts thundered home spikes and skipped out to a 25-22 result at last.
The Germans came from behind in the fourth set to steal the show. Their frontline did well thwarting the attacks and took the set 25-23.
The finale was marked by energetic play amid a tense atmosphere. Iran withstood a last-gasped gusty German run, and ensured its home dominance by clinching the period 15-11.
The 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League kicked off on May 25, and will run through July 8 in 22 host cities.
A total of 16 teams compete in a round-robin format with every core team hosting a pool at least once.
The teams are divided into four pools of four teams at each week and compete five weeks long, with a total of 120 matches.
The top five teams after the preliminary round join the host of the final round to compete in the last stage.
The relegation takes in consideration only the 4 challenger teams.
The last-ranked challenger team plays the promotion play-off against the Challenger Cup winners. The winners of the play-off will qualify for the next edition as a challenger team.
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