Italy beats Poland in the final of the 2022 World Championship, winning the 4th world title in its history, 24 years after the last time in Japan. After losing the first set, the team coached by De Giorgi took the field and dominated the match.
Italy then beats Poland with the final score of 22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-2. After the European gold of a year ago, right in Poland, at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, in front of over 10 thousand fans, Italy starts a little contracted in the first set.
De Giorgi confirms the team that beat Slovenia with Simone Giannelli, Yuri Romanò, Alessandro Michieletto, Daniele Lavia, Gianluca Galassi, Simone Anzani and Fabio Balaso as free. In the first set Italy ahead until 21-17 then the super defense of Poland and some errors in reception by the Italians allows the hosts to score a partial 8-1 and win the first set 25-22.
Italy wins the World Championship by beating Poland on 4 sets!
The second set begins as the end of the first: Poland in great presisone, but Italy finds play and consistency in the service recovering a disadvantage of -4 and winning the second set 25-21.
The third set is dominated by Italians, who with a super defense of Bolaso and the imagination of Giannelli put Poland in crisis. Italy is in full control and even the fourth set sees the domination of the guests who write a new page in the history of Italian sport.
Italy reached this final having won all the matches played so far. First the three of the qualifying round, all with the result of 3-0, against Canada, Turkey and China, then the round of 16 against Cuba for 3-1, the quarter-finals against the Olympic champions of France for 3-2 and the semifinal against Slovenia 3-0.
The podium is completed by Brazil, which in the final for third place overcame Slovenia 3-1 with partials of 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18. For Brazil this is the sixth consecutive edition on the podium after the victories in 2002, 2006 and 2010, and the second place in 2014 and 2018.
Italy is now aiming for a medal at the next 2024 Paris Olympics: with a team with the lowest average age in the entire Polish World Cup, the road to France and that gold medal it still sends has already begun.