Cairo, Egypt, June 26, 2016 – Finland managed to take revenge for their loss to Japan last week by beating the same side 3-1 (25-18,31-29,22-25,25-22) in Cairo with Tommi Siirilä scoring 18 points. Japan's best scorer was Kunihiro Shimizu with match-high 25 points.
The match was difficult for both teams, Japan needed to win after two defeats to Turkey and Egypt and Finland looked for revenge for losing against Japan last week.
Japan started the opening set strongly with Shimizu delivering good performance to reach the first technical timeout at 8-6. Then Japan's players committed many errors in service which cost them many points and Finland could easily win 25-18.
The second set was a copy from the first one. Japan opened the score and reached the first technical timeout at 8-6 but the they did a lot of mistakes in the service as Finland raced off to the second technical timeout 16-14. Japan tried to came back on the track with some strong kills from Shimizu and they managed to take the lead 18-16. Some errors made by Japan tied the score 21-21. Both teams fought for every point and the score was level until the end and the set point exchanged between them as Finland benefited from Japan errors and took the set 31-29.
In the third set Japan dominated from the start and reached the first technical timeout at 8-2, but Finland managed to reduce the gap to one point and Japan kept their intensity to win the set 25-22.
In the fourth set Finland dominated and reached the first technical time out at 8-7 and kept dominance at the second technical time out 16-11. This wide gap forced coach of Japan to look for some help from the bench but Finland continued their momentum to win the set and match.