This Tuesday, from 06:40 CET, Spain faces the great favorite of Tokyo 2021, the United States, in the basketball quarterfinals of the Olympic Games. Earlier, at 3:00 am, early risers will be able to watch the quarterfinal match between Slovenia and Germany and, at 10:20 am, Italy will face the French team. We will have to wait until 2:00 p.m. to see Australia – Argentina, from where the team that will face the winner of the United States – Spain will come out in the semifinals.
Coach Sergio Scariolo’s team, which includes international Pau Gasol in its ranks, lost against Slovenia (87-95) last Sunday, August 1, in the group stage of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Immediately after the match, the draw was held that paired the Spanish basketball team with the United States in the quarterfinals.
An old acquaintance of the Spanish team, the US team has been champion in the last three editions of the Olympic Games. In two of them he had to overcome Spain in the final to achieve it: he did it by 107-100 in London 2012 and by 118-107 in Beijing 2008. Both formations also faced each other in the Olympic Games in Rio 2016, that time in the semifinals. and with a result of 82-76 in favor of the Americans.
The basketball game between Spain and the United States on Tuesday, August 3, will be especially significant for Pau Gasol. At 41, this may be the NBA star’s last game with the Spanish team. In memory, that World Cup final in 2006 against Greece that the Catalan player had to watch from the bench due to injury.
The basketball quarterfinals in the Tokyo Games between the Spanish and the Americans can be seen on television on RTVE and Eurosport. In addition, the highlights will be narrated in the Tokyo live of EL PAÍS.
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