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July 2016
17/07/2016
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Spain and Italy to contest Final as Germany and Slovak Republic suffer relegation

MATOSINHOS (2016 FIBA U20 Women's European Championship 2016) - Spain and Italy will fight it out to be crowned the FIBA U20 Women's European Championship 2016 winners after an exciting penultimate day in Matosinhos.

Italy are the only unbeaten nation left in the competition after they outlasted Serbia 63-60 in an overtime win which sparked scenes of euphoria after the final buzzer. Once again it was Cecilia Zandalasini who produced a sparkling effort as she followed up her 31-point performance in the Quarter-Finals with another 27 points against the Serbians.

Spain produced a sensational display to despatch Russia 77-61 and book an astonishing eighth-straight Final appearance in the competition. The defending champions had four players in double-figures, with Maria Cazorla arguably the pick of the team with 13 points, six assists and two blocks as they inflicted a first loss on the former favourites.

The other major outcome of the penultimate day was the disappointment of relegation to Division B for Germany and Slovak Republic. Thanks to a brilliant 19 points and 13 boards against Germany from Maria Fasoula, Greece will fight it out with Turkey on the last day to survive. Turkey had Melis Gulcan to thank for their first win as she poured in 32 points against Slovak Republic.

Elsewhere, France prevailed against Latvia and they will now try and take fifth spot against Belgium who blasted their way past Poland 75-40. Portugal and Netherlands will play for seventh.

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Saturday's results
Semi-Finals
Spain beat Russia 77-61
Italy beat Serbia 63-60

Classification 5-8
Belgium beat Poland 75-40
France beat Latvia 67-59

Classification 9-12
Netherlands beat Sweden 62-58
Portugal beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 67-47

Classification 13-16
Greece beat Germany 52-47
Turkey beat Slovak Republic 62-59

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