Rio 2016: Dominant Brazil take volleyball gold


Host nation Brazil regained the Olympic men's volleyball title by beating Italy in straight sets on the final day of Rio 2016.

Brazil were runners-up in the last two Games, but struck gold on home soil as Italy were beaten 25-22 28-26 26-24 in front of a boisterous crowd, including Neymar, at the Maracanazinho.

Now three-time Olympic champions in men's volleyball, Brazil's previous success came when they beat Italy at the Athens Games in 2004.

Italy must wait at least another four years for an elusive gold, having been forced to settle for silver on three occasions. 

Brazil trailed 11-8 in the first set, but rallied to win six points in a row and take a 16-12 lead before pushing on to get their noses in front.

A tense second set swung this way and then the other, but a partisan crowd ramped up the noise as Brazil saved two set points and went on to take a 2-0 advantage.

There was no way back for Italy and there were jubilant scenes after Brazil sealed a seventh gold of the Games.

The United States came back from two sets down to beat Russia 3-2 and take bronze in a thriller earlier in the day.