Brazil retained its position at the top of the men's Volleyball Nations League after beating fourth-placed Slovenia 3-2 in a thrilling encounter in Rimini.
The Olympic champions started week four of this competition with their sixth consecutive victory and have now won nine of their 10 matches in this 16-team tournament at the RDS Stadium.
Brazil has 26 points but world champions Poland remains on their heels.
They beat Canada 3-0 for their eighth win of the tournament and are two points behind Brazil.
France, though, slipped after they suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against The Netherlands, who recorded only their second win.
In another surprise, bottom-of-the-table Australia defeated Iran 3-2 to chalk up their first win.
What a way to wrap up the day! A comeback win for the Netherlands ?? against France ?? with an amazing Nimir Abdel-Aziz scoring +40! ? ?— Volleyball World (@volleyballworld) June 15, 2021
? Watch the 2021 #VNL on #Volleyball TV https://t.co/CEyHhCGFQi
? Latest updates ➡ https://t.co/KpYig2dCyq
? #BePartOfTheGame pic.twitter.com/C0fWkkNKV4
Serbia missed an opportunity of taking advantage of their rivals above them losing.
They were beaten 3-1 by Russia, keeping alive their hopes of reaching the semi-final.
In other matches, the hosts and Olympic silver medallists Italy continue to struggle and were beaten 3-0 by the United States.
Argentina beat Bulgaria 3-1 and Japan beat Germany 3-2.
Action is due to continue with Poland having the chance to close the gap - albeit temporarily - on Brazil when they play Japan.
Brazil are scheduled to play the last match of the day when they take on Iran.