Zenit Kazan celebrate gold at the 2017 FIVB Men's Club World Championship in Krakow.
Krakow, Poland, December 17, 2017 - After three failed attempts, Zenit Kazan are finally crowned champions of the world, following their solid win over Italian champions Cucine Lube Civitanova 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-22).
Zenit had finished runners-up to Sada Cruzeiro in the two previous Club World Championships, but can now add the world trophy to their already impressive collection of multiple European and Russian titles.
Things could have been a bit different if Lube hadn't missed a chance to take the first set when they fumbled on a counter-attack in their first of two set points, before Zenit rallied to finish it on their own first try.
It took Zenit less than an hour and a half to seal the deal.
Lube tried to press from the service line, but stumbled against the block of Zenit, who had Wilfredo Leon produce an excellent attacking performance of 65% (15/23) for a total of 19 points, with Maxim Mikhaylov adding another 12.
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