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Italy v Russia Volleyball World Cup live stream - Must win match for Olympic hopefuls

  • Italy and Russia face off in must win fixture
  • Top two finish still within reach
  • Sides vying for glory and Olympic berth

Italy and Russia face off in a must win fixture at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Cup in Tokyo on Monday as they look to stay within touching distance of the top two in the standings.

Italy v Russia gets underway at 0230 BST on Monday, September 21. Watch & bet live streaming rugby at bet365 > sports > live streaming volleyball


With Poland and USA maintaining their 100% records at the tournament in Japan on Friday thanks to victories over Australia and Tunisia respectively, the Italians and Russians can ill afford to lose ground here if they wish to claim a place in Wednesday's final which is reserved for the teams who finish first and second.
 Osmany Juantorena of Italy receives the ball (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images for FIVB)

Those four teams are the realistic contenders for those positions and the two Rio 2016 Olympic Games berths that go along with them.

USA and Poland stay in control on eight wins with Russia and Italy hot on their heels on seven, whilst Argentina and Japan are on six and five respectively as action moves to Tokyo.

Italy kept themselves in contention with a straight sets (25-18, 25-22, 25-16) win over Venezuela on Thursday in an error-strewn match, with Venezuela committing 29 to Italy's 25.

"I'm happy that we could win three straight games here," said Italy coach Gian Lorenzo Blengini. "We had some difficult times but recovered. We have built a strategy to get us through difficult times and it worked today. Venezuela was excellent in both serve and attack. We hope to do well in the coming matches. We would like to play the next three games one at a time. We expect the next three teams to have a high level, so we will have to play accordingly."

Russia won in straight sets against Egypt (25-20, 26-24, 25-18) at the Toyama City Gymnasium on Friday and along with Italy trail leaders USA Russia by three points going into the penultimate round of pool fixtures. 





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Italy v Russia Volleyball World Cup live stream - Must win match for Olympic hopefuls

Italy and Russia face off in a must win fixture at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Cup in Tokyo on Monday as they look to stay within touching distance of the top two in the standings.

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