Defending champion Germany and host Brazil played for the title in the final of the IFA 2016 Women’s World Championship. 810 spectators in the stadium and all the fans watching worldwide through livestream witnessed a great match, excellent fistball and a dramatic flow of events.

The first set was a tight affair until 8:8 when the hosts pulled ahead decisively and secured the set win. Throughout the match, we saw great performances by the two teams’ attackers – Tatiane Schneider (Brazil) and Sonja Pfrommer (Germany). The latter’s attacks were in particular key to help the German team bounce back in set two with a clear set win.

The third set was an absolute thriller with both teams tied until 14:14 when the Seleção made the decisive point. Set four remained a tight affair with both teams being head-to-head until 9:9 when the German team seized control and secured the set win.

The match continued in that manner in the fifth set, with Germany quickly pulling ahead and driving home a clear set win. With Germany leading 3:2 in sets, Brazil came back strongly in the seventh set – the hosts kept the game open until midway of the set when the German team re-seized control to drive home an 11:6 set win.

The German squad hence secured its fifth World Championship title, and host Brazil won silver.