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Japan and Russia rally to stop losing streaks in Tokyo

 

Head-to-head
· Russia (including Soviet Union) and Japan have met each other on 10 previous occasions at the World Cup. Japan won the first two meetings (the only ones not held in Japan) in 1965 and 1969 and Russia the following eight.
· Russia have conceded only one set in these eight meetings.
· Russia have lost only one of their last 31 matches against Japan in all major competitions, a 3-1 loss in the 2009 World League. The Russians won the next 10 meetings.

Japan
· Japan can win six matches at a single World Cup for the first time since winning seven matches in 1995.
· They can lose four successive matches for the first time in the World Cup since their last four matches of 2011.
· Japan can record 11 wins at world tournaments in 2015 (excludes Asian Championship) for the first time in 20 years: 1995.
· They have lost their last 11 World Cup matches in Tokyo, their worst streak in the Japanese capital. Their last victory in Tokyo was against Canada on 18 November 2003.

Russia
· Russia suffered their third defeat this campaign by losing to USA in straight sets on Tuesday. This is already the first time they have lost three World Cup matches in a single campaign.
· It was only their fourth straight set defeat in 93 World Cup matches, two against Brazil (2007, 2011), two against Italy (1989, 2015), one against Japan (1969) and one against USA (2015).
· They have now lost two matches in a row, equalling their nation record set in 2007, when they were defeated by Bulgaria (3-2) followed by a 3-0 defeat against Brazil.

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