EuroBasket: summary of the match Spain – Finland


For this first meeting in the quarter-finals, two teams that are considered outsiders this year will face each other. On the one hand Spain, aiming for the 11th consecutive semi-final of a European championship, despite a smaller team than before, and on the other Finland, which has never reached the Top 8 since 1967.

Finland’s masterpiece in the beginning

Finland had the best start, with a very successful first quarter. “Susijengi” actually offers a master class in the collective game from the first action, with 30 points scored in ten minutes (19 for Spain), with eleven shots scored for ten assists, and ten different players scoring even once. They even planted a basket on the 15 meter buzzer!

As Sergio Scariolo feared before the game, the Spanish selection, whose first quarter was very slow (8/21 of shots, 6 lost balls), was easily confused by the “hooray basket” of Finland running in transition , moves the ball in half. -court and thus offers many open shots behind the arc (4/6).

The Spanish coach, in search of solutions, then bet on a zone defense when the second quarter begins, to stop the Finnish external address. A choice with equal success, because if Spain definitely won the quarter (24-22), it still got three more prize-winning shots and suffered the rise of Lauri Markkanen, cautious of first quarter before finding your rhythm near the circle.

At the break, there was still a nine point difference (52-43), and Finland seemed to be in the leader’s chair.

A jet-powered “Roja”

Apart from that opposite, it is always Spain, in fact less flash than that which hovered over Europe in the past twenty years, and it will not abdicate so easily.

Upon returning from the locker room, Coach Scariolo’s players moved into fifth gear and signed their first real success in the attack of this meeting: a 17-7 in four minutes passed in front of the scoreboard ( 60-59), under the encouragement of the Hernangomez brothers who lived with the desire to participate in the last four.

Overall, the third quarter was finally a highlight for “Roja”, who won 30 to 15 and therefore entered the final quarter with a momentum favorable (73-67). In these ten minutes, Finland lost the magic of its first half collective, as the total loss of the ball exploded and approached fifteen units…

The timeless Rudy Fernandez was involved

For a few minutes in the last quarter, we witnessed a crossover between the two countries, and we even said to ourselves that Lauri Markkanen, who still signed a great performance (28 points and 11 rebounds), will save in the game. his. A potential scenario that Spain, and Rudy Fernandez in particular, quickly forgot about.

The veteran Spanish selection chained several key actions, including two award-winning shots in key moments at the end of the match.

At the end of a stunning second half (57 points scored), Spain therefore offers the eleventh consecutive semi-final of a Euro! The Finns, for their part, came away with the honors after an excellent campaign, worn by an XXL Lauri Markkanen throughout the tournament. Although they will regret their collapse in the third quarter, after having a 16-point lead in the first period…

Sergio Scariolo and his men will face, in the first semi-final of the EuroBasket, the winner of the second meeting of the night, between the hosts Germany and Greece of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Spain Shots Bounces
Players Minimum 2 pts 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
Lorenzo Brown 27:22 4/7 0/2 2/2 1 3 4 11 1 2 4 0 10
Jaime Pradilla 09:06 0/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 0 3
Rudy Fernandez 18:11 1/2 3/5 0/0 0 1 1 1 1 5 0 0 11
Xabi Lopez-Arostegui 23:11 0/0 0/3 2/2 1 0 1 3 1 2 1 0 2
jaime fernandez 04:31 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Dario Brizuela 17:34 4/6 2/6 0/1 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 0 14
Alberto Diaz 17:16 0/0 2/4 0/0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 6
Sebastian Saiz
Willy Hernangomez 24:28 10/13 0/0 7/8 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 1 27
Usman Garuba 15:32 2/4 1/1 0/0 4 2 6 3 4 1 0 1 7
Juancho Hernangomez 26:02 3/4 2/7 3/3 1 3 4 1 3 1 0 0 15
Joel Parra 16:47 1/2 1/4 0/0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 5
Finland Shots Bounces
Players Minimum 2 pts 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
Miro Gamay 13:31 0/0 1/1 3/4 0 1 1 6 0 0 3 0 6
Shawn Huff 14:15 1/1 1/2 0/0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 5
Sasu Salin 30:12 2/2 2/5 1/2 0 3 3 1 1 0 2 0 11
Petteri Koponen 14:14 0/0 1/1 0/0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
Henri Cantonen 12:30 0/1 0/2 0/0 0 3 3 2 0 0 2 0 0
Mikael Jantunen 24:22 4/6 2/3 4/5 1 1 2 2 3 2 2 0 18
Elias Valtonen 19:06 2/4 0/0 0/0 3 2 5 1 3 0 2 2 4
Alexander Madsen 14:50 4/5 0/0 5/6 2 1 3 3 5 1 1 1 13
Edon Maxhuni 22:18 1/3 0/3 0/0 2 1 3 4 3 0 5 0 2
Lauri Markkanen 34:42 8/12 2/5 6/7 0 11 11 3 1 2 1 0 28
Ilari Seppala
Topias Palmi

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