Brazil scored a convincing 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 victory here Wednesday over Argentina in Olympic men's volleyball to book a spot in the semifinals.
The Brazilians comfortably controlled the action, smashed effectively and worked well as a unit on defense throughout the quarterfinal match-up at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, forcing their rivals to take more risks and make errors when trying to end the point.
The Argentine squad tried to go toe-to-toe with its rivals but the strategy proved fruitless against a squad with the quality of experience of Brazil, considered co-favorites for a gold medal.
The Brazilians had much less difficulty scoring than the Argentines, who opted for different attacking schemes and gambled on serve in a bid to disrupt their opponent's rhythm.
But Argentina's defense proved incapable of stanching the precision attacks of Brazil, whose smashes frequently found the floor on the other side of the net.
In the third and final set, Argentina stayed even to 16-all but never showed signs of getting the momentum in its favor.
The experience of the 2004 Athens Olympics gold medalists showed in the final stages and Brazil managed to wrap up the third set with a five-point advantage.
Next up for Brazil in Friday's semifinals will be the winner of the quarterfinal game between Italy and the United States, the other Olympic men's volleyball co-favorite. EFE