TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran lost their first away match against the Polish in Warsaw on Friday 3-1 after winning them twice in Tehran, but they kept their place at the top of 2014 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World League Group A.
The Polish lost the first set to the Iranians, but won the second, third and fourth sets (17-25, 26-24, 25-23 and 25-23) in Warsaw on Friday, the third of the two teams’ four confrontations this year and Iran’s first away match against the Polish.
In their first and second World League matches, the Asians won the Polish 3-1 and 3-0 in Tehran last Friday and Sunday.
After their Sunday victory, Iran qualified for the final round of Group 1 in Florence, Italy, and stood at the top of their pool with 19 points.
Despite their defeat tonight, the Iranians kept their top stand in the Group with 19 points from 11 matches (with a sets ratio of 1.211). The Italians stand the second with 19 points from a similar number of matches and with a sets ratio similar to the Iranians, but a lower points ratio (0.992). Brazil who won Italy on Thursday stand third with 14 points, and Poland are last with 14 points, but with a lower sets ratio.
Iran and their Polish hosts, who won the title in the 2012 World League, should now get prepared for their last match in Warsaw on Saturday.
In their earlier World League confrontations this year, Iran had won two and lost two matches against Brazil.
Iran also had similar results in their four matches against the Italians with two losses against the Europeans in Rome and two wins in Tehran.
The 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League is the 25th edition of the annual men’s international volleyball tournament, played by 28 countries from 23 May to 20 July 2014. The Group 1 Final Round will be held in Florence, Italy.
The Iran Project is not responsible for the content of quoted articles.