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fense, Bauza might replace Gonzalo Higuain with Lucas Pratto, who has often been a reserve for Brazilian club A

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Leaning over, hands on her knees and cheering at every chance, injured U.S. star Foluke Akinradewo could only watch. The top-ranked Americans had fought back to force a fifth set against Serbia before falling short -- short of the gold-medal goal that had driven her and others back to the national team for one more Olympic cycle.Serbias players cried in triumph after the biggest win in their programs history. They reached the Rio de Janeiro championship, guaranteeing the countrys first womens volleyball medal after a 20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 16-25, 15-13 victory.Serbia plays Saturday night against China, a four-set winner over the Netherlands. China needed six set points to take the opening frame on the way to a hard-fought 27-25, 23-25, 29-27, 25-23.The American coaches were scouting the thriller.Right now, this loss is deeply disappointing. It cuts deep. Its very painful, and thats OK, U.S. coach Karch Kiraly said. When you care that much, its going to. Were going to process that some, we get some time to grieve. We signed up to do difficult things with USA and were going to come back harder the next 48 hours to fight for the bronze medal.Akinradewos teammates took over after she was sidelined by an apparent left knee injury late in the opening set after beginning the match brilliantly. She tried to give it a go, but the leg didnt let her. Akinradewo will undergo tests to determine whether she might play Saturday.It was tough when Foluke went down. I think we were a little distracted there for a second because we care so much for her, captain Christa Dietzen said, briefly becoming emotional. Obviously we wanted to turn this around, for her, for everybody thats part of this program. We have a chance in the next 48 hours to do so.Akinradewo stood next to Kiraly during timeouts, shaking her head and yelling, Come on!Kiraly switched his lineup in her absence, then switched it again. Serbia kept pounding, digging out balls, leaping for blocks and serving with precision.The Americans led 12-10 in the fifth set when Karsta Lowe served into the net, then Milena Rasic answered with an ace and U.S. middle blocker Rachael Adams also netted her serve.Its amazing. Theres no words to describe really this feeling, Serbias Tijana Malesevic said. I think we need more time to be aware of what we did, but we gave our heart. We gave everything what we could, what we know, like everything -- like each player, staff, coaches. We made it. This is history. We wrote history for Serbia, for volleyball federation, for the world.Lowe came through with her powerful left arm, Dietzen and Adams blocked masterfully as Kayla Banwarth provided her signature reliable passing, but the Americans (6-1) couldnt close it out with their star middle blocker down.The Americans are knocked out of title contention, and two-time defending Olympic champion Brazil was ousted in a stunning five-setter by China in the quarterfinals. That means Serbia will face a young Chinese squad led by former U.S. coach Jenny Lang Ping -- she raised her arms in the air and then sighed in relief as her players hugged her.The U.S. will take on a determined Dutch team back in the Olympics for the first time in 20 years.Both of those teams also advanced out of the preliminary pool with the U.S. and Serbia, which had lost a four-setter last week to the Americans.But the sixth-ranked Serbians have surprised the U.S. on the big stage before -- taking a five-set win a year ago at the World Cup in Japan, helping force the Americans into a second-chance qualifier at Lincoln, Nebraska, in January.It took contributions from each woman on the U.S. 12-player roster to get back into the match.Our team has a great culture and dynamic. Were here for each other, outside hitter Jordan Larson said. Thats whats going to show and thats whats going to carry us through.Now, the Americans plan to take the example from beach stars Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, who lost in the semifinals to Brazil before bouncing back for bronze.Kiraly, the most decorated player of his generation as the only person with gold medals in beach and indoor volleyball, hurt to his core after this one. Thats how much he loves his team, the players who are here and so many who arent.The plan wont change: He knows that elusive gold is still out there to be had, one day.One thing that we would like to accomplish, and its not going to happen this month, Kiraly said. I dont know if itll happen four years from now or 52 years from now, but our job is to make an Olympic gold medal happen at some point for the history of the U.S. program. ... The fight continues.Fake Yeezy 2010 . 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Only the top four teams are guaranteed a spot in the finals in Russia in 2018, with the fifth-place finisher competing in a four-team intercontinental playoff for two spots.In its last four games, Argentina tied unimpressive Venezuela and Peru, and it lost to Paraguay at home before being dominated by Brazil.With 16 points, one back of Ecuador and Chile, Argentina is not completely out of the picture. Its biggest hurdle has been its performance, which players believe will be different against third-place Colombia.Still, the team is under so much pressure that coach Edgardo Bauza needed to proclaim his players support him after only two months on the job.The players have supported me since we started working, I see them with a tremendous will. Thats the best support I can have, Bauza said. There is no discussion about the strategy. The biggest problem is that we were scored against eight times. All the rest is easy to solve. We lost points that we werent expecting to lose.Many players voiced concerns about their play as soon as the match against Brazil ended. Psychology became the focus of a quick change.We have to change our mindset ... because this team has great players, Messi said. When ones head is not fine, the legs do not respond.So far, Argentina has scored only 11 goals -- fewer than half of the 26 scored by first-place Brazil. Only Bolivia, with nine goals, has scored fewer.To fight the struggles on offense, Bauza might replace Gonzalo Higuain with Lucas Pratto, who has often been a reserve for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro. Argentine media has reported he could make other changes.Colombia will also be without defenders Yerry Mina and Oscar Murillo, leaving coach JJose Pekerman with three players who have never played for the national team.dddddddddddd.Here is a look at other teams in action this week:---BRAZILA win in Peru basically puts Brazil, which has 24 points through 11 games, through to Russia in 2018. It would be a shocking scenario for a team that, three months ago, was in sixth place in the South American qualifiers.Brazils expectations for the game have also changed following its lopsided victory over Argentina and eighth-place Perus 4-1 victory at Paraguay.Paulinho, who scored one of the goals against Argentina, said Brazil goes to Peru poised for its sixth consecutive win since Tite took over as the teams coach.We want to end this year well, so the first place in the group is fundamental for that, he said.Tite will not count on suspended left back Marcelo, who is likely going to be replaced by Filipe Luis.Peru will count on midfielder Christian Cueva, who played an important role in the victory against Paraguay and has emerged as one of the best players for Sao Paulo.---URUGUAYEdinson Cavani is likely to return to the starting lineup, replacing Cristhian Stuani, after missing second-place Uruguays game against Chile because of an injury.Coach Oscar Tabarez will also replace Diego Rolan with Alvaro Gonzalez, embracing a more conservative 4-4-2 strategy he has used in away games.A win at Chile nearly assures Uruguay, currently with 23 points, will advance to the World Cup finals.Chile will count on the return of striker Alexis Sanchez, and midfielder Arturo Vidal is likely to play despite a left leg injury.The Chileans were recently awarded two extra points following a FIFA ruling that said Bolivia had used an ineligible player in a 0-0 draw, but the Bolivians have appealed the decision.For now, the Copa America champions have 16 points in fifth place.Elsewhere, fourth-place Ecuador hosts last-place Venezuela and Bolivia will face Paraguay. 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