Sweden did not rule with the reigning champion, but NBA star Luka Doncic (who was noted for 31 points) and Slovenia had to sweat a lot.

At half time, the score was 41-41.

- It is one of the best first halves I have ever seen a Swedish national team do.

I am actually shocked, says SVT's expert Nick Rajacic.

Despite a heroic effort with crazy closing seconds - where Sweden had two great chances to win the match - they lost 84-81 in the last World Cup qualifier of the first round.

Now Finland, which is already ready for advancement, must defeat Croatia later tonight for Sweden to get there as well.

The article is updated.