Italy-France, quarter-final of the men’s European basketball championships, will be played this afternoon starting at 5.15 pm at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. It is the third match of this round, after Germany-Greece and Spain-Finland, played on Tuesday and ended with qualifying for the semifinals of Germany and Spain. The winner of Italy-France will instead meet the winner of Slovenia-Poland, scheduled for today at 20.30.
The national team coached by Gianmarco Pozzecco comes from an exciting and in many ways historic victory against Serbia in the round of 16, which came with a great team performance – despite the expulsion of Pozzecco in the third quarter – driven in the score by the individual performances of Nicolò Melli, Simone Fontecchio and Marco Spissu, authors of a total of 62 points.
Today’s opponent is probably even more challenging. In fact, France is vice-Olympic champion, and in Tokyo, in addition to being overtaken only in the final by the United States, she had eliminated Italy with a rather clear 84-75. That France had four experienced players from the NBA: Rudy Gobert, Frank Ntilikina, Evan Fournier, and Nicolas Batum. Of these four, only Gobert and Fournier are present at the European Championships, and that is enough to make her a favorite. Gobert is one of the best defenders in the whole league, Fournier has been in America for ten seasons. In addition to them, Théo Maledon and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot also play in the NBA, albeit for less time.CopyAMP code.
Where to see Italy-France
In Italy the matches of the European basketball championships are not broadcast in the clear, but only on the Eleven Sports platform or on Sky, which up to now has broadcast live a selection of the best matches of the group stage, all the knockout stages and all the matches of Italy during the tournament, with comments by Flavio Tranquillo and Davide Pessina.