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Cuba to play for bronze at Men’s U23

CAIRO, Egypt, August 24, 2017 - Defending champions Russia handed Brazil their first defeat at the 2017 FIVB Men's U23 World Championship 4-3 (11-15, 13-15, 15-11, 17-15, 13-15 15-13, 15-8) in an amazing semifinal that saw the European side come back from 0-2 and 2-3 down in an hour and 55 minutes here on Thursday.

Russia will meet Argentina in Friday's final. It is Russia's second time in a final of the competition after they beat Turkey 3-2 in 2015 in Dubai.

Argentina outclassed Cuba 4-1 (15-7 15-7, 11-15, 15-13, 17-15) in the second semifinal. Cuba will meet Brazil for the bronze medal.

It is Argentina's first appearance in a final of this competition, after finishing 7th in 2013 and 6th in 2015. For Cuba it is the second time they miss out on a final after losing to Turkey in the semifinals and eventually ranking fourth in 2015.

All matches in Cairo are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.