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Who will take the last two Quarter-Finals tickets on Tuesday?

LJUBLJANA (Slovenia) - There will be just two tickets left for the last eight of the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023 by the time the Qualification for the Quarter-Finals matchups get underway in Ljubljana on Tuesday. 

Four nations go into battle having emerged from second and third spots respectively in Groups C and D, looking to extend their stay and avoid a trip home. 

Germany vs Slovakia - 18:00 CET

Both nations had hoped, but maybe not fully expected to be in the position of being a win away from the Quarter-Finals. Slovakia had two big losses to start the tournament and it was third time lucky as they found their shooting touch to topple Turkey. They made the Quarter-Finals six years ago, so it would not exactly be unprecedented in the modern era, while Germany are out to capture three wins in a row having beaten Slovenia and Great Britain under the watchful eye of the only recently installed head coach Lisa Thomaidis.

Head To Head: These teams have clashed five times previously in the competition, with Slovakia having won four of those meetings.

Key matchup: Terezia Palenikova dropped 20 points in the win against Turkey and she may well match up with Leonie Fiebich, who had been touted as Germany's standout performer. She missed the first game and is gradually beginning to live up to the billing, so Palenikova might be the one to try and stop the upward trajectory of her opponent - as well as having to once again put points on the board for her own team with her shooting prowess.

'X-Factor: Germany are huge and physical so unless Slovakia are able to counter and neutralize this advantage their opponent has, it could be a very difficult game. On the flip side, Germany will have to be wary of the mobility and quickness of Slovakia who can also take the game away with you because of their shooting ability. 

Stats Don't Lie: Germany are the second lowest scorers in the tournament and one of only two teams not breaking 60 points per game at 59.3 per outing. That is a number they might have to surpass in this game to make the Quarter-Finals.


Serbia vs Great Britain - 21:00 CET

Serbia probably never expected to be playing in this game as Group D was there for the taking but they blew it against Hungary. It sets up a repeat of the bronze medal game from 2019 which Serbia won and head coach Marina Maljkovic has already expressed how she thinks it will be the toughest game her team have played so far. Great Britain will be ruing losing to Germany by a solitary point or they could have been playing Slovakia instead. But Chema Buceta relishes the underdog status and a surprise can't be ruled out. 

Head To Head: They have matched up three times previously, with Serbia winning twice and Great Britain once.

Key matchup: Temi Fagbenle is the marquee player for Great Britain. Captain and at the heart of everything that happens, Serbia will need to close her down because when her team made that famous and historical run to the 2019 Semi-Finals, she was the top scorer in the tournament. It might be that Serbia think about tasking Dragana Stankovic with guarding her, since she maybe has the length and mobility to cause Fagbenle some issues.

'X-Factor: The Serbia defense has only been seen in patches so far and if they can produce their trademark aggression in the way that everyone knows they can, that could be what sends them to yet another Quarter-Finals appearance. 

Stats Don't Lie: Great Britain's big strength is their rebounding prowess and they lead the way in the competition with more than 44 per game. 


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