Five weeks after the equal quarter-final match of the Valencia Women’s EuroBasket, Spain and Serbia meet again. An opportunity for revenge for the National Team, which fell in overtime against the team that would end up proclaiming European champion days later. Although that yes, the scene is another good different: the second day of the group stage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
This Thursday at 10:20 am (live on Teledeporte and Eurosport) in the morning in the Peninsula (9:20 in the Canary Islands) is a key match in order to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament. A victory does not guarantee a pass to the playoffs, but it would leave the road to the crossroads very on track. With the remodeling of the first phase that has come into effect in this edition, the first two from each of the three groups and the two best third-placed teams will be those who access the fourths.
The victory, in addition, would have a double value: to strengthen the morale of the group for the last day against Canada this next Sunday. “We would face the game in Canada with great confidence, knowing that it is a great team and with an option for a medal, but we would see it from the position where we could have a certain cushion.“, Explain Lucas Mondelo.
The coach will be one of the great protagonists of the duel against Serbia, as he will fulfill his 150th match at the head of the Women’s National Team. Chema Buceta, with 180 matches directed, continues at the top of the table, but Mondelo is the most successful Coach in the history of Spanish women’s basketball. A curriculum of seven medals in eight major championships, in addition to three other medals in training categories. A special appointment for a coach who to date has a balance of 125 wins and 24 losses.
The nerves are tempered at the beginning by beating Korea (73-69), Spain will try to drown Serbia with their defense. The Balkan team, which comes with a single change in their squad compared to last EuroBasket (Dragana Stankovic replaces Masa Jankovic), also suffered in their debut to beat Canada (72-68) in a match in which they committed 28 lost the ball. A great match between two teams that know each other perfectly.
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