Kyoto, Japan, November 20, 2013 - The Italians, who picked up an impressive game one win against Russia to open the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup, faced a determined Iran team who were coming off a loss against Brazil. These teams had played five times before, with Italy coming out on top in four of those contests, most recently winning 3–2 in World League competition in Sassari. But Iran came to play at Kyoto Prefectural Gymnasium, taking a tough match over Italy 3–2 (26–24, 16–25, 25–23, 23–25, 15–12).