Saturday, 19 September 2009

Down to the last four

So it's Spain v Greece and Serbia v Slovenia in the semi-finals. (Earlier, Croatia pipped Russia for the the final automatic world champs spot).

Imagine how GB coach Chris Finch feels - Britain's first round group was deathly indeed.

"We all knew we had a tough group when the draw was made, during our time in Poland and now that just confirms the quality that was in Group C," said Finch.

"It's also further confirmation that having been very competitive with all three teams without Luol [Deng] and Ben [Gordon] we are very close to breaking through."

For me, even Spain's imperfections should see them through - joined by the Slovenes. If so, will there be a repeat of their first-round result - 12 days ago in Warsaw - when the Balkanites triumphed easily.

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