Germany loses semifinal against Spain

Dhe dream of gold is over! Despite another impressive performance, the German basketball players narrowly missed their first European Championship final in 17 years. The team had to fight for the outstanding captain against world champions Spain Dennis Schroeder on Friday evening in Berlin with 91:96 (51:46). The chance for the first medal since silver in 2005 still exists.

In the match for third place, Germany can take on Poland on Sunday (5:15 p.m. at RTL and Magentasport) still win bronze. 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).

“The vibe is amazing”

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 scorer in his team with 30 points. But in the end it wasn't enough despite prominent support in the hall. Also the presence of Foreign Minister Annalena Bärbock was of no use.

“Great, the atmosphere is incredible. All of Germany is rooting for it. It's unique here in the hall," said Baerbock during the half-time break. "The fact that the German team has come this far is a real boost of motivation for everyone in the country in these times," added the Greens politician. Now it is up to Schröder and Co. to shake off their disappointment in order to fulfill their dream of a medal against Poland.

World champion Spain is in the final of the European Championship.

World champion Spain is in the final of the European Championship.

Image: AFP

Germany versus Spain - these have always been very special duels in the past. In 2001 it was about the bronze medal, in 2005 about a place in the final, in 2015 about the end of Dirk Nowitzki in the national jersey and in 2017 at least a semi-final ticket.

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