Tokyo (AFP)

The France women's 3x3 basketball team had a day without, losing twice to Japan (19-15) and China (20-13) on matchday two of the group stage on Sunday in the Aomi Urban Sports Park.

After a rather successful first day, with a victory against Italy and a loss against the Americans, the second day went much less well, against two nations competing for the Olympic podium.

During the two meetings, the same scenario was repeated: a serious start to the match, completely spoiled by a missed end of the game, symbolized by a fatal lack of success.

With a 7-1 conceded against the Japanese, then an 11-2 against the Chinese, the French seemed to be without solutions as soon as their opponents raised their level of play, despite a fighting spirit that makes it possible to believe in the rest of the tournament. .

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Sixth after the first two days, the Blue are in their place in view of their efficiency, with a shooting success rate of only 47%.

They will have to recover quickly if they want to continue to claim a medal for the first Olympic tournament in their discipline, while they are among the favorite formations of the competition.

They have three matches left, against Mongolia and Russia, under neutral flag, Monday and against Romania on Tuesday, to hope to win the next round, with two affordable matches against the Romanians and Mongols who point to the last two places in the standings. of this preliminary phase.

According to the formula of the event, the two best teams in the standings will qualify directly for the semi-finals.

Those classified from 3rd to 6th place will compete in play-offs, which seems to be waiting for the French women given their record after the first two days.

The two qualified will then advance in the last square.

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