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Seven more teams punch tickets for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
MIES (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) - New Zealand, Korea, Spain, Turkey, USA, Venezuela and Argentina on Sunday became the latest teams to secure their places at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
This brings to ten the number of teams that have punched their tickets for China 2019 during the fifth window of the Qualifiers. It also means that 17 teams of the first-ever 32-team edition of the World Cup are now known.
The day began in Asia, where New Zealand and Korea qualified with comfortable wins, respectively beating Syria, 97-74, and Jordan, 88-67. They became the region's second and third teams to qualify, joining Australia who achieved the feat on Friday.
Then in Europe, Spain and Turkey became the region's sixth and seventh teams to ensure their places in China next summer, joining Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece and Lithuania. The Spaniards edged out Ukraine, 72-68, to extend their streak of consecutive participations at the World Cup to 10. Turkey lost 71-66 to Montenegro but still qualified as they're guaranteed of finishing at worse third in Group I of the European Qualifiers because they have tie-breakers over Montenegro, Latvia and Ukraine.
In the Americas, USA, Venezuela and Argentina became the first three teams from the region to ensure their spots at the World Cup. The two-time reigning world champions USA qualified thanks to a 78-70 win over Uruguay. The Argentinians secured their spot with a 85-71 win over Mexico to the delight of more than 10,000 fans in the Superdomo of La Rioja. With Uruguay's loss, Venezuela also secured a spot because they are guaranteed of finishing at worse in fourth place of Group F and would be the best 4th-placed team across the two groups.