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Russia had to rely on the Olympic Qualifying Tournament to get a berth into the Olympic Games. It failed to grab one of the two spots in the European Championship, but its only loss came in the semifinals against France.
The Russians beat Lithuania to advance to the semifinals.
With a 66-59 win, Spain continued to show it is simply better than France. This was a rematch of the 2011 European Championship, which also played out in Spain's favor.
The game got a bit chippy at the end, perhaps representative of the hard-fought contest.
Spain will face Russia in the semifinals.
Brazil and Argentina were fighting for the right to face the loser of Spain-Russia in the bronze-medal game.
Well, to be fair, they were fighting for the right to face Team USA and then play for the bronze medal. Argentina prevailed in a close contest, 82-77.
Had Australia rebounded from its 56-42 halftime deficit to beat the U.S., this slide would've been a bit humbling. But as expected, the Americans won handily, 119-86.
All four of the winners will play in a medal game.