The atmosphere was already known, a new semifinal, the rival also, the same as two years ago in the Games, and the result was the same, the classification for the final.
Spain is a selection in which all its players are stars, a team in which all the pieces feel important and in which when one is less successful, two others take a step forward so that the set does not suffer. Yesterday saw the most collective selection and, with all of them, has reached a new final of a European.
Spain came out knowing what to play. Face a Serbia that acted as a local and that sought revenge. The girls of Lucas Mondelo closed the rebound in defense and fought each ball in attack. The selection ran and moved perfectly and although at the beginning the shots did not enter, the plan was not changed. Ndour, whom many see as the future MVP of the championship, committed two early fouls and did not play again in the first half.
But what might seem like bad news, his companions made him the first arreón of the night. Guided by an excellent Silvia Dominguez, who scored eight points almost consecutive, and with a second unit that took advantage of their minutes on court, Spain dried Serbia at the end of the first quarter to get a maximum of ten, 21-11.
However, the Serbs came out very strong in the second set. Bordering the legality, with a very permissive trio of arbitration, they managed to reduce their disadvantage and equalize the fight in the area. That was when Anna Cruz appeared, first with a two plus one that supposed a breath of fresh air before the burden of the Belgrade Arena, and then throwing the team behind with eleven points in the first half.
On the way back from the dressing rooms Serbia proposed an exchange of punches that the team accepted. Ndour was again the protagonist and in the hostesses, Stankovic became the first and last option. Spain did not overcome the barrier of ten advantage and his opponent made the rubber to not take off. A couple of controversial decisions could get the Spaniards out of the match, but you will not reach a European final if you do not have the mentality of champions. The game became rough and slow, with continuous interruptions, but Spain proved that it can play in all the records.
Thus it was reached a last quarter in which appeared the rival star, Jelena Brooks. Between her and some controversial decisions the Serbs went around the scoreboard with their only triple of the game, which closed a run of 4-14. Dabovic lost the papers and slapped Ndour, which was marked as unsportsmanlike and allowed Spain to regain the lead. The nerves took over the two teams. It was hard to score and the team accumulated up to six losses in the last period, but the accuracy from the free throw line and a great defense sealed the match 71-66.
All the players put their two cents to reach the fifth European final in the history of Spain. Today, against France, the team will look for their fourth European team.