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In the European Basketball Championship, the second day of the tournament begins, in which the clash between Greece and Croatia will be the focus.
Greece is considered one of the favorites for the tournament, while Croatia will be looking to end the medal drought that has continued since 1995.
Prior to the European Championships, the Greek national team played seven matches (5 friendlies and 2 official matches for the World Cup). During this preparation, Greece won five and lost two.
Dimitris Itoudis’ team started the preparation phase with two games against Spain. Here the team shares the victory (86:70, 80:87).
Greece later played friendly matches against Poland, Sakartvel and Turkey. Greek basketball players have won all their matches here.
In the first match, a convincing victory was achieved with Paul (101:78) and in the second match the team from Sakartvel was also easily defeated (80:67).
The last of the friendlies saw the toughest battle with the Turks, but here, too, the Greeks proved their superiority (89:80).
The friendly is followed by two World Cup qualifiers.
In the first match, fans can enjoy an exciting match between Greece and Serbia, which Greece lost after extra time (94: 100).
The last test before the European Championship took place with the Belgian team, which Greece easily lost (85:68).
Prior to the European Championships, Croatia played six matches (4 friendlies and 2 qualifiers for the next European Basketball Championship).
The Croats have 4 wins and 2 losses in the preparation cycle.
The Croatian started the friendly with a fierce victory over the Bulgarians (98:68).
It is true that in the next game there was a loss to the Czech national team (83:95).
In the third match, Croatia defeated Hungary, a rival to Lithuania in the European Championship (84:64).
Before the selection, Croatia tested themselves against European champions Slovenia and lost by just six points. Only (88:94).
Since the Croatian national team was eliminated from the World Cup qualifiers, the national team has started fighting to qualify for the next European Basketball Championship.
In the first match, the Croatians had a strong victory over the Polish national team (72:69) and in the second match they had a strong victory over the Swiss team (84:53).
Since 2013, these national teams have played six matches against each other (the national team has won 3 respectively) and the last match took place in the 2016 Olympic qualifiers, which the Croatian won. Demonstrate their superiority (66:61).
In 2013, the national team met twice at the European Championships and shared the victory there. In the first group stage, Greece was stronger (87:85), but in the second group stage, Croatia proved their superiority (92:88).
In 2014, the teams met in the group stages of the World Cup, and Greece was stronger there (76:65). Indeed, before the championship, the team tested their strength in a friendly and then Croatia proved their mettle. They (68:66).
The national team meets again in the group stages of the 2015 European Basketball Championships. Then, after a fierce battle, the Greek national team won (72:70).
Greece-Croatia match broadcast
The match between Greece and Croatia will be available on the Go3 TV3 Sport platform. The match starts at 18:00.
We will update the match results in this news.