2019 World Cup: Czech Republic happy to win the United States and cross together to the quarter-finals

By September 09, 2019 ,

The United States defeated Brazil to book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Basketball Championship in China, serving Czech Republic in the knockout rounds despite losing to Greece on the final day of the second round.


Greece, crowned by the 2006 World Cup, needed to win 12 points or more against Czech Republic to keep their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals pending the match between Brazil and the United States, which was held later, but won by only seven points (84-77), and returned the last card for a quarter Final to the Czech Republic, who benefited from the US defending champions' victory over Brazil by 16 points 89-73.

Greek Yiannis Antitokonmbo, the NBA's best player with Milwaukee Bucks, continued the last five minutes of the showdown from the bench after making his fifth personal mistake in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Seven minutes before the end of the game Greece managed to lead by 12 points, but the Czechs managed to reduce the difference before the Greek "giant" came out with five errors with 12 points.

Greek coach Thanassis Skortopoulos expressed his anger at the referees, saying that Yiannis "came every day to fight on the pitch, and did not get the respect he deserves, and I am talking here about the third and fifth mistakes you get today, you can not count such mistakes against a player like him."

A spokesman for the Greek national team told AFP that the Greeks would apply to the International Federation of Game (FIBA) to stop the three referees who ran the meeting.

The spokesman said in a text message to their demand "also to stop those responsible for the appointment of referees and those who watch the video and announce the results."


On the other hand, Skortopoulos did not hide his failure and his technical staff to make the best possible use of the potential of the 24-year-old in this tournament "It is the first time he plays with us in this suit (after achieving the best player in the Major League), we have done everything we can in "The last 25 days ... I can say maybe we haven't made the right choices. We've worked hard to support him."

France meet the United States in the next round on Wednesday, while Australia will play Czech Republic on the same day.

The quarter-finals open on Tuesday with Spain and Poland and Argentina against Serbia.

The Jordanian team, which bade farewell to the finals from the first round, a moral victory over Senegal with a score of 79-77 in the positioning matches between 17 and 32.

Jordanian-American Dar Tucker was the best scorer with 34 points and 11 rebounds, while Moussa Al Awadi scored 18 points.

It was Jordan's first win after nine games in which they were defeated in the 2010 and 2019 World Cups

The full picture of the quarter-final clashes was clear: Argentina will face Serbia and Spain against Poland on Tuesday, while the United States will meet France and Australia on Wednesday.

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