Brazil defeated Iran in five sets to secure the last spot in the semi-finals at the International Volleyball Federation Men’s Nations League final round in Chicago.
The South Americans prevailed 25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 20-25, 15-10 in a winner-takes-all Pool B clash at Credit Union 1 Arena.
Brazil will face hosts the United States in the semi-finals after the Americans swept aside Russia to top Pool A.
In the other last-four fixture, Poland will take on reigning champions Russia.
Brazil quickly got into their stride against Iran and secured the first two sets.
The latter side took a 5-1 lead in the third and although Brazil battled back to level at 22-22, Igor Kolaković’s men edged it 26-24.
Invigorated, Iran pushed on in the fourth and a pancake dig from Purya Fayazi helped them go 23-20 up, before they took the set.
However, in the tiebreaker Brazil held their nerve, a block from Yoandy Leal seeing them into the knockout phase.
The US defeated Russia 25-21, 25-17, 25-20 in a match which took place after both sides had ensured their spots in the last four.
Semi-final clashes are set to take place tomorrow, with the final and third-place playoff following on Sunday (July 14).