FRANCE – ITALY. France, after a new miracle and a new overtime against Italy (93-85), qualifies for the last four of this 2022 EuroBasket.
19:40 – The summary of the game
France is in the bottom four of the 2022 European Basketball Championship (93-85). The Blues parted ways with the Italians after as emotional a clash as against Turkey. However, Evan Fournier started his team perfectly by managing to score 9 points in a matter of minutes. But after a technical foul by the Knicks leader, he calmed down and gave way to his teammates like Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, who finished the first third with 9 points, making him France’s second top scorer. But the French response and 56% on three points in the first half was marred again by multiple turnovers, 11 right at the end of the first act. In the end, France lead by seven points after 20 minutes of play, then comes the third quarter, which has often rhymed with disaster since the beginning of the competition. And this one was no exception. The French lost 31-18 at the end of the quarter, giving Italy reason to believe. And for more than one reason to believe, Squadra Azzura took the lead at the end of the third quarter. And if France woke up in the final 10 minutes, it would take another miracle for the Blues to find themselves at this stage of the competition. Leading by two points with 19 seconds to go, Simone Fontecchio advanced at the free-throw line, but the competition’s top Italian scorer missed his two shots, allowing Thomas Heurtel to capsize the French clan. He equalized and sent his team into overtime with five seconds remaining. And in the last five minutes, Vincent Collet’s players went head-to-head with the Italians, who were certainly still mentally challenged thanks to an excellent Thomas Heurtel who finished with 20 points and 7 assists. France meet the winner of the other semi-final, to be played between Slovenia and Poland this Wednesday 14 September at 8.30pm.
7:25 p.m. – An XXL performance and a record for Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel was without question the man of this France-Italy. The Real Madrid full-back scored 20 points and was the X factor in the fourth quarter. But he also provided 7 assists and broke the French record for the number of assists in a single European Championship, held by Tony Parker with 44 during Euro 2011.
19:20 – “It was war,” Yabusele admits
Guerschon Yabusele appeared very happy to answer these France – Italy questions. He admitted the game was exhausting: “It was war. We didn’t give up, we like to scare each other and this win is really good. We are a real team and it’s really important to help each other and each other to push.” .”
19:15 – It’s over! France qualified
The Blues qualify after a new very happy ending in this France – Italy. Vincent Collet’s team qualified in the last four after overtime (93-85).
19:14 – The Blues decide on a big option
Thanks to a tap from Gobert, the Blues regained a four-point lead with less than a minute to go in that France-Italy final.
19:13 – Forced pass for Gobert, Italy can equalize
Rudy Gobert commits a passage in force. The ball returns to Italian hands in this France – Italy match. With 1min15 remaining, there are two points difference.
19:12 – 2/2 for Gobert
Rudy Gobert manages the two baskets and gives four points advantage in this France – Italy.
19:11 – The Blues lead by two points
The atmosphere is unbreathable in this France – Italy. The Blues lead by two points (85-83). Rudy Gobert goes to the free-throw line and Nicolo Melli is out after his fifth foul of the game.
19:10 – Technical foul against Pozzecco
What a mistake by the Italian coach in this France-Italy, committing a technical foul while his team had the ball.
19:08 – Heurtel is unstoppable
Thomas Heurtel reaches the 20-point mark in this France-Italy. The Blues take a three-point lead in overtime (85-82).
19:08 – Fifth foul for Fournier
Evan Fournier has five penalties and is out in this France – Italy.
19:07 – fire collision
Thomas Heurtel creates a floater and gives a three point lead in this France – Italy (83-80).
19:06 – Spissu again
Marco Spissu hurts the blues in this France – Italy. He scored a three-point basket in that overtime. He’s 4/5 in this exercise.
19:05 – Heurtel starts the blues
He was the last regular-time goalscorer for this France – Italy, Thomas Heurtel started his team with a two-point basket (79-77).
19:02 – France is still like a miracle and grabs an overtime
Incredible French team going into overtime thanks to Heurtel in this France – Italy. This is a second miracle after the one against Turkey.
19:00 – Fontecchio misses both! The blues equalize
Fontecchio misses the two free throws in this France – Italy and the Blues manage to score. There are 5 seconds left and one last Italian possession.
18:59 – Two free throws for Italy
The Italians will go to the free-throw line in this France – Italy match. If they put both of them, the suitcase will be almost folded.
18:57 – Two points difference, 19 seconds left
The end of this France – Italy is very tense. The Blues are back to two points but the Italians have the ball as they maintain 19 seconds and 14 seconds of possession for France. Time-out requested by the Italian coach.
18:56 – Spissu is not shaking
Marco Spissu enters the racquet and scores a two-point basket.
18:55 – Technical foul against Italy
The blues can find hope again in this France – Italy. A technical foul is charged against Italy and Evan Fournier takes his team to four points. Behind him he shoots a two-point basket and brings the French to two points.
18:54 – Gobert’s new dunk
Rudy Gobert hits a new dunk in this France-Italy and takes the Blues to five points.
18:51 – It’s getting complicated for the blues
France have seven points in this quarter-final against Italy, who don’t tremble like Fontecchio, who scores a three-point basket. 75-68 for the Squadra Azzurra. Collet requests a timeout 2 minutes 15 before the end.
18:49 – Gobert’s dunk
Rudy Gobert puts the Blues to two points in this France – Italy (68-70) after a furious dunk.
18:48 – The penalty plus the basket for Tarpey
On a throw-in, Terry Tarpey is found under the basket and scores a basket in addition to a foul. Unfortunately he missed his free throw.
18:47 – Fontecchio hurts the blues
Fontecchio scored a great three-point basket on the buzzer, hurting the Blues in that France-Italy. Vincent Collet’s men are relegated to 6 points (64-70).
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