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Germany loses semifinal against Spain

DThe outstanding Dennis Schröder immediately tried to comfort his teammates, and legend Dirk Nowitzki also spoke encouraging words. Despite another impressive performance, the German basketball players narrowly missed their first European Championship final in 17 years, the dream of gold is over. The team around the excellent Schröder had to admit defeat against world champion Spain on Friday evening in Berlin by 91:96 (51:46). The chance for the first medal since silver in 2005 still exists.

“We definitely could have won that. We lost our position. The Spaniards were really tough and played very well,” said Schröder, who offered an impressive performance with 30 points. “The tournament is not over, we still have a game.” The option of a medal is still there. Spectators and tournament ambassador Nowitzki also tweeted: “Don’t let your head down, boys! Get Bronze!”

Defense was “not good enough”

In the game for third place, Germany can still win a medal against Poland on Sunday (5:15 p.m. on RTL and Magentasport). “We have to sort ourselves out and be ready again on Sunday,” said national coach Gordon Herbert. The defense against Spain was “not good enough”. The final will be contested in the evening (8.30 p.m. at Magentasport) by Olympic silver medalists France and Spain. The French had outclassed outsiders Poland in the first semi-final with 95:54 (34:18).

Even a basketball gala by Schröder could not prevent the unfortunate defeat. One day after his 29th birthday, the captain showed the best international performance of his career and was clearly the best thrower in his team. “Every game you lose obviously hurts. Just at home. But that’s how it is in sports. That’s part of it and it will make us better,” said Franz Wagner. But in the end it wasn’t enough despite prominent support in the hall. The presence of Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock was of no use either.

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