TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iran national volleyball team on Saturday thrashed Australian national team 3-0 to become the champion of the 2019 Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship.
In a final match that ended minutes ago in Tehran's Azadi sports complex, the Iranian national volleyball team gained an easy win against Australia, to which it had lost in the group stage of the 2019 Asian Men’s Volleyball.
The Iranian squad trounced their rival in three straight sets (25-14; 25-17; 25-21) to become the champion in the Asian competitions.
From that point, Iran have gathered unstoppable momentum, beating China and India in classification rounds, then earning a 3-2 semi-final win over previously unbeaten South Korea, who two days earlier had inflicted a first defeat on defending champions Japan.
Australia also performed exceptionally well to reach the final, beating Japan 3-2 in their semi-final.
Even before play began, the final was a triumph for two sides who had finished fifth, in Iran's case, and eighth at the previous Asian Championships in 2017.
Earlier in the day, Japan, who had arrived at this competition seeking a third consecutive title only to be beaten by Australia in the semi-finals, earned a measure of revenge for their final group match defeat by South Korea, beating the latter side to bronze with a scoreline of 25-23, 25-17, 23-25, 25-22.