It is a capital feat that achieved the team of France this Tuesday in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in China. The French beat the United States who had not lost a match in official competition since … 13 years. Here are the Blues in the semifinals of the World Cup as in 2014. They also made a huge step towards the Tokyo Games.
The fact: so close to Tokyo
Beyond the incredible feat, since this is the first time that France beats an American selection with NBA players, France has a foot in the plane that will lead to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The ticket is reserved for the two best European selections of the World Cup. If in the afternoon, Australia beats the Czech Republic, there will be only two European nations in the semifinals: Spain and France (with Argentina and Australia) directly qualified without going through a tricky qualifying tournament.
The player of the match: Rudy Gobert
When there is such a feat, how to bring out a single player? The reward is collective between the points of Evan Fournier (22), the valuable work of Nicolas Batum and all the others less accustomed to the NBA games that have seen the Americans in front. But the rebounds and defense giant Rudy Gobert were even more valuable: "I always dreamed of beating an American selection with France in a big competition," said the former Cholet before the game. It is done !
The figure: 22
Evan Fournier was still the best French scorer with 22 points, although in the attacking field, it was the American Donovan Mitchell (29 points) who finished better scorer of the match.