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Spain to take on Australia in Basketball World Cup semifinal

Beijing, China, Sep 12 (efe-epa).- Spain will take on Australia on Friday in the semifinals of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.

It will be the second time that they have played for a basketball top-level medal.

The first time the two clashed was at the 19th Olympic Basketball Tournament in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro when the Spaniards claimed a bronze medal at the Aussie's expense after a thrilling competition that ended 89-88.

The upcoming encounter looked evenly matched between the sides for the quality of their squads and unbeaten runs in the tournament so far.

The Australians, who are striving for a maiden World Cup medal, will be eager for revenge on the Iberian side in the next match.

Both teams have reached a decisive point in the world cup having accomplished their initial objectives by securing a place in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

This means that a ticket for the final match in Beijing will be a bonus award for Spain and Australia.

Spain's coach Sergio Scariolo warned that Australia is a tough rival, against which his team will have to know how to compete, as the rival team has better physical abilities than the Spaniards.

Scariolo praised Australian's world cup campaign, team and especially coach Andrej Lemanis, saying that Spain's players will have to put their best feet forward to get past their Australian rival.

Lemanis said his team was happy following a quarterfinal win against Czech Republic, but that players and coaches know they all are aware that the campaign is still ongoing and they have much to do.

There will be plenty of interesting match-ups on the court such as those between Australia's Patty Mills, who plays at NBA's San Antonio Spurs, and Spain's and Phoenix Suns' Ricky Rubio.

On the way to its first semis appearance, Australia prevailed over Canada (108-92), Senegal (81-68), and Lithuania (87-82) in the first phase, then got past Dominican Republic (82-76) and France (100-98) in the second, before edging the Czech Republic in the quarters on Wednesday (82-70).

In these six games, Australia registered average stats of 90 points, 34.8 rebounds and 24.7 assists, as well as a 58.5 accuracy percentage from the two-point range and 40 percent accuracy from behind the three-point line. EFE-EPA

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Czech defeats Poland at FIBA Basketball World Cup

Shanghai, China, Sep 12 (efe-epa).- The Czech Republic national team emerged victorious against Poland in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.

The final score was 94-84 on Thursday in the fifth-to-eighth placement competition.

It was a thrilling encounter between the two European competitors at Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre, which saw a 23-23 tie at the end of the first quarter.

Afterward, both teams scored back-and-forth in the second and third quarters, but the Czech team was in the lead at half time 43-35 and at the end of the third quarter 64-63.

In the final quarter, Poland managed to regain a temporary lead, but the Czech team eventually snatched the win by the end of the match.

Earlier in the day, Serbia prevailed over the United States 94-89 in the first match of the consolation round.

The Czech Republic will be competing for a fifth-place finish against Serbia, which was a title favorite along with the US.

The American side, which was the two-time defending champion, will be playing for the seventh-place end against Poland. EFE-EPA

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Serbia tops USA in FIBA World Cup placement match

Beijing, China, Sep 12 (efe-epa).- Serbia prevailed Thursday over the United States 94-89 in the fifth-to-eighth placement competition at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, China 2019.

The US and Serbia teams were considered the top two favorites for this year's title and many thought the two teams would be playing in the final match for the title; all of that was until both teams were upset in the quarterfinals at the hands of France and Argentina on Wednesday and Tuesday, respectively.

The loss became the second consecutive defeat yielded by USA, the most successful team at the World Cup, after a winning streak that stood at 58 matches.

At the Dongguan Arena, Serbia was the leading side across the whole match, having earned a 25-point gap by the end of the first quarter (32-7).

Although the two-time defending champion would score more points in the second and third quarters, the US team was always trailing on the scoreboard, 44-40 and 71-68 respectively.

The Serbs managed to maintain their lead until the end of the match (94-89), and will be competing for a fifth-place finish against the winner between Poland and Czech Republic, while the American side will be playing for a seventh-place end against the loser of the Poland v Czech game. EFE-EPA

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