Gala against Greece: German basketball team in the semifinals

DThanks to a great performance, the German basketball players around the captain Dennis Schroeder Greece kicked out of the tournament with NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and are playing for their first precious metal in 17 years at the home European Championship. In Berlin, an enthusiastic national team surprisingly beat the favorites in the quarterfinals with 107:96 (57:61).

It is already the biggest success since sports icon Dirk Nowitzki said goodbye to the fans at the 2015 European Championships in the capital. In the semifinals on Friday, the team of national coach meets Gordon Herbert to world champion Spain, before bronze or the really big coup is at stake on Sunday. It would be the third EM medal after gold in 1993 and silver in 2005.

In the memorable triumph in front of 14,073 fans in the sold-out arena, Schröder was Germany's top scorer with 26 points. Antetokounmpo had 31 points - five minutes before the end he had to leave the field after the second unsportsmanlike foul.

The importance of the game was also reflected in the media, RTL reached an agreement at short notice with rights holder MagentaSport, which streams all German games free of charge, and showed the quarter-finals on free TV. With Nowitzki as a studio guest.

Only 25 minutes before the start of the game, the German Basketball Association (DBB) announced that its shooting star could be there despite an ankle injury from the round of 16 against Montenegro (85:79). "Franz Wagner is playing," it said succinctly on Twitter, important for the team.

The Berliner stood like the one who had a slight cold Johannes Voigtman in the starting five, Nick Weiler-Babb returned to the squad after falling out due to shoulder problems, but Herbert preferred Andreas Obst.

A good move, the DBB team started furiously and showed a real threesome show - five of the first six throws were successful. When Obst scored to make it 19:9, the hall boiled. But Antetokounmpo held back and scored well. In addition, the Greeks were always successful in the zone.

"We don't think our journey is ending," Herbert had said. And his team met the favorite at the repeat of the 2005 European Championship final on an equal footing. Unlike in the round of 16, when many places remained empty, this time there was enormous support from the stands – including from the Greek fans.

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