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China: France shock USA in Basketball World Cup quarter-final

China, Dongguan
September 12, 2019 at 04:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Holders the USA suffered a shock 89-79 loss to France in the quarter-finals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup in the Chinese city of Dongguan on Wednesday.

During the post-match conference US Head Coach Gregg Popovich criticised the media for focussing on players not in the squad.

"That is disrespectful to France and whoever else is in the tournament. France beat us, it does not matter who was on the team, I couldn't be more proud of these 12 guys who sacrificed their summer to come here, having never played together before," Popovich said.

His opposite number Vincent Collet vowed to avenge defeat in the semi-final five years ago. His side lost out to Serbia that day, although they have a chance to put the pain behind them when they face Argentina on Friday.

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Holders the USA suffered a shock 89-79 loss to France in the quarter-finals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup in the Chinese city of Dongguan on Wednesday.

During the post-match conference US Head Coach Gregg Popovich criticised the media for focussing on players not in the squad.

"That is disrespectful to France and whoever else is in the tournament. France beat us, it does not matter who was on the team, I couldn't be more proud of these 12 guys who sacrificed their summer to come here, having never played together before," Popovich said.

His opposite number Vincent Collet vowed to avenge defeat in the semi-final five years ago. His side lost out to Serbia that day, although they have a chance to put the pain behind them when they face Argentina on Friday.

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