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Belgium vs Italy Eurobasket Women live stream: Belgians and Italians fight for semifinal spot

Brendan O'Neill in Basketball 21 Jun 2017
Emma Meesseman (credit:FIBA)

Belgium and Italy clash in the opening quarterfinal game of the Eurobasket Women in Prague on Thursday. 

Watch & bet on live streaming basketball at bet365 > sports > live streaming basketball. Belgium vs Italy is at 11:30 BST on Thursday, June 22

 

It's quarterfinal time at the O2 Arena in Prague with Belgium and Italy facing off in the opening game.

Cecilia Zandalasini (FIBA)6x5x4x3xBelgium advanced directly to the last eight after sweeping Group D with victories over Montenegro (66-64), Russia (76-75 OT) and Latvia (62-58). 

Leading the Belgians in their quest to reach the semifinals of this competition for the first time is WNBA All-Star Emma Meesseman, who averaged 19 points and 7.3 rebounds in the group stage. 

Head coach Philip Mestdagh will also count on Ann Wauters, Hanne Mestdagh and Marjorie Carpreaux. 

Italy, meanwhile, reached the quarterfinals after surviving Hungary 49-48 yesterday. Cecilia Zandalasini led the Italians with 17 points and nine rebounds. Giorgia Sottana and Francesca Dotto added 12 points apiece for the Italians.

Head coach Andrea Capobianco will again heavily rely on his prolific trio as they aim to reach the medal round for the first time since 1995 when they finished runner-up to Ukraine in Brno.

This is the first meeting between Belgium and Italy in this competition since the 2011 Eurobasket qualifiers.   

Belgium vs Italy Notes

Winner will face either Spain or Latvia in the semifinalsThis is the first meeting between the two teams since 2011Belgium swept Group D to qualify directly to the quarterfinalsItaly edged Hungary to reach the last eight