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Cuba came from one set down to beat Poland in four sets (22-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-22) on Thursday during the second day of actions in the FIVB’s Men’s Grand Champions Cup in the Japanese city of Osaka.

After falling in a hard-fought five-setter on Wednesday to Olympic silver medallists and 2009 World League champions Brazil, the Caribbean squad managed to walk away with this important victory against one of the favourite teams to make the podium in this competition.

Team captain Roberlandy Simon led the Cuban attack with 21 points (10 kills, six blocks and five aces) while Yoandri Leal and Wilfredo Leon contributed 16 and 14 units, respectively.

Polish Jabub Jarosz led his team with 21 points.

In the other results of the day, Japan beat Egypt 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17) and Brazil did the same with Iran 25-22, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-19.

Brazil and Japan remain undefeated with two wins in as many outings, followed by Cuba and Iran (1-1), while Egypt and Poland close the standings (0-2).

Friday is a rest day and actions will resume on Saturday in the city of Nagoya. Then, Cuba faces Egypt, Brazil takes on Poland and Japan plays against Iran.


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