On one side they are already Slovenia vs. France. At the other crossing wait United States. The semifinals of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 await the last protagonist who will come out of a real great match: the illusion of Argentina faces the might of Australia, closing the quarterfinals at Saitama Arena with a prize at stake: advance to an instance that ensures two chances for a medal.
The set of Sergio Hernandez will try something that for many looks more than complex, not because of the potential of a team that maintains much of the base of the world runner-up in China 2019, but because the level of play itself. But nevertheless, has gone from less to more in this tournament. Went from debut for oblivion against Luka Doncic’s Slovenia, to signs of improves against Spain despite defeat, until you get one resounding victory over Japan to secure qualification, with flashes of the best level of the team (although still with things to lift). In any case, there is plenty of desire, determination and desire to strike another blow, as were those quarters two years ago against a Serbia that was the great candidate of all.
Ahead, an Australian outfit that swept Nigeria, Italy and Germany in the Group Stage to access the crosses with authority, dreaming of a medal that has been made to be desired. Patty Mills and Joe Ingles leading a balanced team, with several options and who knew beat Argentina in the preparation, although with a detail: has lost Aron Baynes through injury.
Schedule and how to watch Argentina vs. Australia
The game will be at 7.00 from Mexico, 9.00 from Argentina and 14.00 from Spain. In Argentina will be televised by TyC Sports, Public TV and DeporTV, Meanwhile in Spain It will go on 1 of TVE and Eurosport, also available on DAZN and Movistar. In addition, two online options with their respective links:
Argentina vs. Australia, live
Argentina will go with Facundo Campazzo, Nicolás Laprovittola, Nicolás Brussino, Luis Scola and Marcos Delía. Australia, with Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles, Nic Kay and Jock Landale.
First quarter: Argentina 22 – Australia 18
Excellent start from Argentina, with a solid defense, compact, without leaving spaces and suffocating a Mills that practically could not receive the ball. Those from Oceania started with 2-8 from the field and 5 losses in 5 minutes. Go ahead, Facundo Campazzo and their aggressiveness drove a patient, confident and varied team, which became 18-10 ahead in 7 minutes, with 3-5 triples and 5 points each for Facu, Laprovittola and Scola.
Australia managed to regain some ground with some outside shots, but Argentina knew how to control the rhythm, as well as finding another great version of Lapro (9 points) for him 22-18 initial, in a room where he was better in all aspects.
Second quarter: Argentina 33 – Australia 39
Everything good from the beginning fell in Argentina, which lost lucidity and confidence in attack, generating few clear shots that were graphed in the barely 2 points in almost 5 minutes. Australia little by little was finding cracks in the national defense, first with the triples (Thybulle, Goulding and English) but also with some runs that put it 29-24 up front.
The National Team fell apart little by little, committing a great amount of losses (10 in the first half, 5 of them of a Campazzo who abused luxury at times), losing strength in the fight for rebounds and unable to find spaces in an Australian defense that was much more solid. Barely 11 goals for Hernández’s men in the 2nd quarter, but the indentation was not greater (the advantage was 9) by a good closing of Vildoza, with a coast to coast and a triple from the corner almost on the close.
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