2017-08-06 17:28:00 CEST
Evandro/Andre clinch world title
There was to be no fairytale gold medal for Austrians Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst as Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves and Andre Loyola produced another inspired comeback victory to take the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1.
The Brazilians trailed 20-16 in the first set as home favorites Doppler and Horst, buoyed by 10,000 fans in the packed Red Bull Beach Arena looked likely to take a first set lead.
After a series of breathtaking rallies an amazing block from Doppler gave the Austrians a real advantage – only for Evandro to serve his team out of trouble with three massive points in succession on his own serve.
After saving four set points it was Andre’s turn to produce an ace that was enough to give Brazil a first set lead against the odds.
Up until that point the atmosphere had been deafening inside the arena – but with their team behind the mood changed and all of a sudden it was the small band of Brazilians celebrating.
The second set was a real side-out affair as both teams traded point after point – but Evandro’s serve kept the Brazilians in front.
Doppler showed superb fair play to hold his hand up and admit to a block touch that would have brought the Austrians right back into the game.
Karma briefly helped Doppler and Horst restored parity to bring the game back at 19-19.
But the Brazilians made no mistake when the set reached its climax as an Andre block hit the sand – and that was that – Brazil were crowned champions, with Andre, at 22, the youngest ever winner.
Full reaction to follow.
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