EuroBasket: summary of the match Spain – Finland

EuroBasket: summary of the match Spain – Finland

EuroBasket: summary of the match Spain – Finland


For this first quarter-final match, two teams considered outsiders this year face off. On the one hand Spain, which is aiming for the eleventh consecutive semifinal in a European championship, despite a smaller squad than in the past, and on the other Finland, which had not reached the Top 8 since 1967.

Finland’s masterpiece in the beginning

It was Finland that started better, with a particularly positive first quarter. The “Susijengi” in fact offer a master class of collective play from the first act, with 30 points scored in ten minutes (19 for Spain), with eleven shots scored for ten assists, and ten different players who have scored at least once. They even planted a basket at the 15 meter beep!

As Sergio Scariolo feared before the game, the Spanish selection, whose first quarter was rather slow (8/21 shots, 6 balls lost), was immediately confused by Finland’s “hurray basket” at a gallop in transition, moves the ball very smoothly in the half court – court and therefore offers several open shots behind the arc (4/6).

The Spanish coach, looking for solutions, then focuses on a zone defense at the beginning of the second quarter, to stop the Finnish winger. A choice of mixed fortunes, given that if Spain certainly won the fourth (24-22), they nevertheless conceded three more prize-winning shots and suffered the rise of Lauri Markkanen, discreet in the first quarter before regaining a close pace. to the circle.

At rest there are still nine points of difference (52-43) and Finland seems to be leading the standings.

A reaction “Roja”

Except the opposite, it is still Spain, certainly less flashy than the one that has hovered over Europe in the last twenty years, and it does not abdicate so easily.

Back from the locker room, Mister Scariolo’s boys moved into fifth gear and signed their first real attacking feat in this match: 17-7 in four minutes to pass in front of the scoreboard (60-59), under the impulse of the The Hernangomez brothers inhabited by the desire to join the last four.

In its entirety, the third quarter is finally a highlight for the “Roja”, who wins 30 to 15 and thus enters the last quarter with a momentum favorable (73-67). In these ten minutes, Finland have lost the magic of their collective first half, such as the total loss of the ball that explodes and approaches fifteen units …

The eternal Rudy Fernandez gets involved

For a few minutes in the last quarter we witness a crossover between the two nations, and we even say that Lauri Markkanen, who still signs a great performance (28 points and 11 rebounds), will save the game. A potential scenario quickly thrown into oblivion by Spain, and in particular by Rudy Fernandez.

The veteran of the Spanish selection chained several important actions, including two winning shots in crucial moments right at the end of the match.

At the end of an amazing second half (57 points scored), Spain offers their eleventh consecutive semifinal in one Euro! The Finns, for their part, come out with top marks after an excellent campaign, worn by a Lauri Markkanen XXL throughout the tournament. Although they will regret the fall in the third quarter, having had a 16-point lead in the first period …

Sergio Scariolo and his men will face, in the first semifinal of EuroBasket, the winner of the second match of the evening, between host Germany and Greece of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Spain Strokes It bounces
Players Minimum 2pt 3 points LF Turned off def Soon pd party int bp CT Points
Lorenzo Marrone 27:22 4/7 0/2 2/2 1 3 4 11 1 2 4 0 10
Jaime Pradilla 09:06 0/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 0 3
Rudy Fernandez 18:11 1/2 3/5 0/0 0 1 1 1 1 5 0 0 11
Xabi Lopez-Arostegui 23:11 0/0 0/3 2/2 1 0 1 3 1 2 1 0 2
Jaime Fernandez 04:31 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Dario Brizuela 17:34 4/6 2/6 0/1 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 0 14
Alberto Diaz 17:16 0/0 2/4 0/0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 6
Sebastian Saiz
Willy Hernangomez 24:28 13/10 0/0 7/8 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 1 27
Usman Garuba 15:32 2/4 1/1 0/0 4 2 6 3 4 1 0 1 7
Juancho Hernangomez 26:02 3/4 2/7 3/3 1 3 4 1 3 1 0 0 15
Joel Parra 16:47 1/2 1/4 0/0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 5
Finland Strokes It bounces
Players Minimum 2pt 3 points LF Turned off def Soon pd party int bp CT Points
Mirò Piccolo 13:31 0/0 1/1 3/4 0 1 1 6 0 0 3 0 6
Shawn Huff 14:15 1/1 1/2 0/0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 5
Sasu Salin 30:12 2/2 2/5 1/2 0 3 3 1 1 0 2 0 11
Petteri Koponen 14:14 0/0 1/1 0/0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
Henri Cantonen half past twelve 0/1 0/2 0/0 0 3 3 2 0 0 2 0 0
Mikael Jantunen 24:22 4/6 2/3 4/5 1 1 2 2 3 2 2 0 18
Elia Valtonen 19:06 2/4 0/0 0/0 3 2 5 1 3 0 2 2 4
Alexander Madsen 14:50 4/5 0/0 5/6 2 1 3 3 5 1 1 1 13
Edon Maxhuni 22:18 1/3 0/3 0/0 2 1 3 4 3 0 5 0 2
Lauri Markkanen 34:42 8/12 2/5 6/7 0 11 11 3 1 2 1 0 28
Ilari Seppalà
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