Japan were thrashed 3-0 by France on Saturday while Slovenia were defeated by Italy with an identical scoreline on the same day.
The second week of 2022 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League is coming to an end with Japan taking on Slovenia on the final day i.e. Sunday. Both sides are heading into the clash on the back of demoralising defeats. Japan were thrashed 3-0 by France on Saturday while Slovenia were defeated by Italy with an identical scoreline on the same day. After playing seven games each, Japan sit at the fifth spot with five wins while the Europeans are languishing at the ninth spot with nine points from three wins. After the completion of Volleyball Nations League’s first week’s games from June 8 to June 13th, the second week’s action will run from June 21 to June 26 in Bulgaria and the Philippines. A total of 32 matches, 16 per venue will be played in Quezon City and Sofia respectively.
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Japan lost to France with a scoreline of 22-25, 25-27, 16-25. It was the Asian side’s second defeat in this edition of the competition. Their first loss of the season came against the heavyweights USA (2-3) during the first week. Japan began their second week in the VNL with a brilliant 3-1 win over Argentina on Tuesday. Slovenia on the other hand were defeated 19-25, 16-25, 21-25 on Saturday. It was Slovenia’s third defeat of the campaign. They began the second week with a 3-0 defeat against Netherlands before getting the better of Argentina 3-1.
A fresh new format was enforced for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League ahead of the 2022 edition. The revised format will feature 16 men’s teams who will compete in pools of 8 teams during the preliminary round. Eight teams will then advance to the competition’s final knockout round. The Finals will include the seven strongest teams, with the finals host — Italy — entering the knockout round as the top-placed team. It will consist of eight matches in total – four quarterfinals, two semi-finals, and bronze and gold medal matches.
|Pool 1||Pool 2||Pool 3||Pool 4||Pool 5||Pool 6|
|June 26 Schedule||Time (IST)|
|Germany vs France||8: 30 am|
|Japan vs Slovenia||12:30 pm|
|Serbia vs Australia||4: 00 pm|
|Italy vs China||4: 30 pm|
|USA vs Poland||7:00 pm|
|Bulgaria vs Brazil||10:30 pm|
Live streaming of all 2022 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League matches is accessible on the website – volleyballworld.tv. Volleyball TV, which will be available on desktop and mobile, will provide viewers with live telecasts and highlights from the FIVB’s major events. However, in order to watch the 2022 FIVB Volleyball men’s Nations League, fans must purchase a subscription.