The Spain-Georgia this Monday at the Palacio de Deportes Olivo Arena in Jaén, corresponding to the first round of the qualifying phase for the World Cup 2023, promises to be a great game, in which the leadership of the group will also be at stake after the victories of both teams in the first match: Spain’s in Skopje over North Macedonia (65-94) and Georgia’s against Ukraine (88-83).

The Jaén fans have understood the importance of the game, exhausting in a few hours the seats put up for sale weeks ago. It will also be the first time that the Men’s National Team plays a match in the capital of Jaén, so it is a double event.

In Skopje, Scariolo debuted three other players as full internationals: Yankuba Sima, Jaime Pradilla and Dani Pérez They overcame the always complicated premiere with notable, and this Monday they will have the opportunity to endorse it in a crash that is expected to be much more complicated.

The good choral play of the National Team in its debut on the Macedonian court will have a high challenge against a rival in which four great acquaintances of the Endesa League shine: Tornike Shengelia, Georgi Shermadini, Beka Burjanadze and Tadd mcfadden (7 of 12 triples). Between the four they added, against the Ukrainians, 135 minutes on the court and 77 of the 88 points of their team, led by the Greek coach Ilias Zouros, coach since 2016.

It so happens that Georgia, which next summer will play the Eurobasket as one of the organizing countries, will be one of Spain’s rivals in the group of the first phase, which will be played in Tbilisi, and which will be completed by Russia, Bulgaria, Belgium and Turkey.

For Georgians, then, this qualifying round for the 2023 World Cup represents an additional preparation for the continental event in 2022.