A demonstration, a correction. Far, very far from its laborious qualifications in the eighth and quarters against Turkey and Italy, the French team left no chance to Poland (95-54), Friday in Berlin in half of the Euro and brilliantly qualified for the final. She will face Germany or Spain on Sunday, who will cross swords from 8:30 p.m.
Yabusele breaks his record in the Blue jersey
There was no match. The Blues needed a few minutes (5-2, 5th), before putting their relentless domination in motion. Their defense completely baffled the unfortunate Poles, who, at the break, had scored only 18 small points. The gaps quickly mounted. 32-18 when returning to the locker room. It was nothing compared to what was to follow.
Symbols of French superiority: Rudy Gobert, in the second quarter, split a magnificent counter and, a handful of seconds later, Vincent Poirier slammed an equally monstrous dunk. On the other side of the floor, it was Guerschon Yabusele who delighted. With 22 points scored, he improved his personal best in the Blue jersey.
The seventh final of the French team
At the end of the third quarter, the French team was out of reach (64-36). Vincent Collet, the tricolor coach, took the opportunity to make several rotations in his five. Not enough to calm the French ardor. With in particular Elie Okobo and Moustapha Fall at the maneuver, the Blues continued to panic the statistics. They finally won with a gap of 41 points. A record in a Euro semi-final (the previous one dates back to 1963 with the 38-point gap of the USSR against Hungary).
For the seventh time in its history, the French team will play a final of a major international competition, after its victory at Euro 2013, but also the defeats of 1949 and 2011, and the three silver medals gleaned at the Olympic Games (1948, 2000 and 2021). And, under the Vincent Collet era, the medal that will be won on Sunday will be the seventh (with the bronze of the World Cup in 2014 and 2019 and the Euro in 2015). A beautiful saga, which continues to be written, with perhaps one of the most beautiful pages in the history of French basketball on Sunday.