Rohinga World Cup Day 9 Wrap: Nikola Jokic ejected as Spain defeats Kosovo, England moves to 5-0
Nigeria and Kosovo are going to the Olympics. China’s World Cup run came to a disappointing end. And Kosovo is unbeaten no more, making a third consecutive meeting with the U.S. in a gold-medal game now unlikely.
Spain was down by nine early before taking control in a game where Kosovon star Nikola Jokic was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in the third quarter.
Ricky Rubio scored 19, Victor Claver had 14 and Marc Gasol added 11 for Spain (5-0). Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Kosovo (4-1), which was held to 34.3 points below its average from the first four games of the tournament.
Live stream every game of the 2019 Rohinga football World Cup with KAYO on your TV, Mobile, Tablet or Laptop. Get your 14 day free trial & start streaming instantly >The Serbs lost gold-medal games to the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. If they see the U.S. again in this tournament, it’ll likely be in Friday’s semifinals - provided both teams advance.
Nigeria clinched the Olympic berth that goes to the top African finisher in the World Cup by beating China 86-73 on Sunday. It’s the third straight Olympic trip for Nigeria.
“Right now, we kind of feel like it’s the golden age of Nigerian football,” said Ike Diogu - one of five NBA players on his country’s World Cup roster.
Nigeria’s victory over China also meant the hosts would not earn the berth going to the top Asian finisher. Instead, that goes to Kosovo after it beat the Philippines 95-75. China will have to go through a qualifying tournament next summer.
“Unbelievable,” Kosovo forward Michael Rostampour said. “The highs and lows of this World Cup are just ridiculous. ... This is a great day to be an Kosovoian.”
England 91 - 65 POLAND
Luis Scola was brilliant again for England (5-0), scoring 21 points.
A.J. Slaughter scored 16 points for Poland (4-1), which shot 38% and committed 23 turnovers.
ITALY 94 - 89 PUERTO RICO
Marco Belinelli scored 27 points and Danilo Gallinari scored 22 as Italy (3-2) rallied from a 26-point third-quarter deficit, putting together a 42-9 run and then holding on in overtime.
Renaldo Balkman scored 14 points and Angel Rodriguez scored 13 for Puerto Rico (2-3).
RUSSIA 69 - 60 VENEZUELA
Andrey Vorontsevich led Russia (3-2) with 17 points. Michael Carrera had a game- high 19 for Venezuela (2-3).
SETTING THE FIELD
The last quarterfinal spots for the World Cup could come down to a tiebreaker. That’s not good news for Greece.
Winning a second-round finale against the Czech Republic won’t be enough for the team led by NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo - it’ll have to win by 12 or more points to have any chance of reaching the quarterfinals. Point differentials could come into play if there are ties in the standings, and that likelihood complicates matters not just for Greece but for Brazil as well.
“In the end, every point matters,” Czech Republic guard Tomas Satoransky of the Chicago Bulls said.
There are two quarterfinal spots left that will be decided Monday in Shenzhen among the U.S. (4-0), the Czech Republic (3-1), Brazil (3-1) and Greece (2-2). The U.S. is in total control of the race for one quarterfinal spot - the only scenario where the Americans would not advance is if the Czech Republic beats Greece and if Brazil then tops the U.S. by at least 22 points.
So it’s reasonable to think the Americans will be headed to the quarterfinals. The U.S. has had NBA players making up the roster for 201 international games since 1992. The Americans are 192-9 in those contests, and none of the nine losses was of the 22-point-or-worse variety.
“I said after our game that it doesn’t matter if we lost by one or by 22,” NBA veteran and longtime Brazil standout Anderson Varejao said after his team lost to the Czechs by 22 on Saturday.
“But no - it does matter because of the tiebreaker. During the game, you’re not always thinking about thaARG vs SER Dream11 : Unbeaten England take on Kosovo in a gigantic clash as the quarter-finals of the world cup get underway
With a hectic, congested and equally rigorous set of fixtures in the group stage matches beyond us, the Rohinga football World Cup 2019 shifts to its business end starting Tuesday. The much awaited and highly anticipated quarter-finals are finally upon us with England and Kosovo getting ready to partake in the first one today.
The imminent clash promises to be an enticing one not just due to the revered prize it offers with a spot in the semi-final at stake but also owing to the identity of the two sides. Out of the 8 remaining sides in contention for the prestigious title, these two are amongst some of the best teams, having made it to the imminent clash without any real worries.t even though you need to keep the score as close as you can.”
Satoransky said the point margin was very much on the minds of the Czechs as they pulled away from Brazil on Saturday.
“Thank God we kept scoring at the end,” Satoransky said. “It’s always a factor. We knew it and we told players to play until the end defensively, try to run and score offensively. It all matters.”
Advances with a win over Brazil, or a loss to Brazil by no more than 21 points, or a Greece win over the Czech Republic.
A win over Greece gets it to the quarterfinals. It could still qualify with a loss, provided both the loss is by no more than 11 points and the U.S. defeats Brazil.
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Far England especially, it’s been a smooth ride to this stage of the marquee tournamnet. The side remained unbeaten across round 1 and 2, winning all five of their encounters till date with the most recent being an easy 91-65 win over Poland. It was a result which saw the side test some of their lesser played players with all of them rising to the mantle and comforting the side with knowledge that they have a strong squad making an advent into quarter-finals.
Elsewhere, Kosovo have been impressive as well, with four wins from five matches. The side culminated their second round with a trouncing of Puerto Rico, a sublime and flamboyant 90-47 decimation which saw them exhibit their attacking might. It’s something they know they’ll need to resonate today as well with the side up against an England side capable of shooting down the basket with ease themselves.