• Kyodo


Japan suffered its first defeat at the FIVB Men’s World Cup on Wednesday night, going down in four sets to the United States.

Matthew Anderson had a game high 20 points for the Americans, who produced a fairly dominant display to win 25-23, 21-25, 25-11, 25-14 at Hiroshima Green Arena.

The United States improved to 2-0, while Japan, which received 14 points from Masahiro Yanagida, dropped to 1-1. Japan next plays Australia (0-2) on Thursday.

Last year’s world champion Poland defeated London Olympic winner Russia 3-1, while London bronze medalist Italy and Argentina are also perfect at 2-0. Iran and Canada both picked up their first wins of the competition.

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