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01 August 2021Italy will challenge France in the quarter-finals of the Olympic basketball tournament. This was established by the draw carried out today in Saitama, at the end of the elimination rounds.

The other quarters are Slovenia-Germany, Spain-United States and Australia-Argentina. Italy closed the first phase in second place in group B behind Australia, France, who defeated the USA at their debut, first in group A.

The match between the Azzurri and the French Alps will be played on Tuesday 3 August at 17.20 local (10.20 in Italy). Whoever passes will see the semi-final against the winner of Slovenia-Germany.

"France happened to us - said coach Meo Sacchetti - by now the first four were all of a level. It is a European team, in my opinion the USA are the strongest but France beat them. We will have to make a performance. far above the lines, we want to play our chances. It's a beautiful event ".