2017-08-04 12:25:00 CEST
From 19-14 down to a first-set win, Brazil delivered a comeback they won't forget in a hurry
It was the comeback to end all comebacks, and for Evandro Goncalves and Andre Loyola, it was one of the most important moments of their careers.
The Brazilians looked to have been down and out when trailing 19-14 in the first set to Latvia’s second seeds Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins in the first set of their round-of-16 match in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1.
But from that moment came some of the best beach volleyball they have ever delivered, reeling off six straight points before snatching the opener 24-22 in magnificent style.
Understandably it was a response that delivered a lot of emotion from the pair, taking the momentum into a second set in which they never lost the lead – celebrating their place in the last-eight with a 21-19 effort.
“In the first set, it was one of the most exciting turnarounds of our careers,” said Evandro. “We did not start well, but we putted them under pressure with Andre's serves and blocks and they made some mistakes because of it.
“That moment was crucial for us at it boosted our confidence and made us play so much better until the end of the match.
“We had to adjust to play with each other. We are both blockers and more comfortable on the right side, so we had to figure things out to make it work.
“We are trying to feel what's the best way to go on each match.”
While the pair have talent in spades, this is only their first full season together – one that has already taken them to the business end of their maiden World Championships as a pair.
Evandro has been to this position before, finishing third with Pedro Solberg two years ago, but with his partner in new ground, the excitement levels keep on rising in Vienna.
Their next challenge comes in the shape of Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk, a pair who defeated world and Olympic champions Alison/Bruno just a few minutes after the earlier Brazilian success.
“It means a lot for us, especially this being our first season and our first World Championships together,” said Andre. “It is important on every sense.
“It is a good result for us, it makes us feel more confident and so much more. We are happy because we are being to able to do everything we discuss before the games.
“Serving and blocking are what we do better and it's really good when they work. We know we defeated a very good team and that really motivates us to keep going forward."
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