Russia set for first World Cup meeting with Serbia


· Russia and Serbia will meet for the first time at the World Cup.
· Serbia have failed to defeat Russia in their last three meetings at any major international tournament, including a 3-0 loss in the 2013 European Championship semi-finals, a 3-0 loss at the 2014 World Championships (group stage) and a 3-2 loss last month in the World Grand Prix (group).
· Serbia's last victory over Russia came in the 2011 World Grand Prix, when they won 3-1 in the Final Round group stage and 3-0 in the Final Round final for third place.

· Russia kept their perfect record at the 2015 World Cup after beating Korea in straight sets on Sunday. 
· Russia have won all their six matches this campaign, including five in straight sets. Only against hosts Japan they failed to win by a 3-0 score line (3-2 triumph on 23 August).
· The last nine World Cup winners (1981-2011) all kicked-off their winning campaign with (at least) six wins in a row.
· Only in their 1973 winning campaign, Russia recorded more straight-set victories in a single World Cup than this year: 6 (as Soviet Union).
· Since taking part as Russia, the team has amassed 16 wins and one defeat. That one defeat came against Cuba in 1999.

· Serbia followed up the 3-1 defeat against China in their World Cup opening match with five wins in a row.
· Serbia have won their last four World Cup matches in straight sets, a team record run within the competition.
· Serbia have never won more than four matches by a 3-0 score line in a single World Cup edition (also 4 in 2007 and 2011).
· Brankica Mihajlovic scored a team-high 16 points against Dominican Republic on Sunday (3-0 win), including 12 spikes.


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