The great hour of glory has arrived! After her two-year rule Effectsthe Euroleague will learn the new owner of the trophy in Kaunas.
Olympiacos faces Real Madrid in the fourth Final Four between them (21/5, 20:00, sport-fm.gr, News Bulletin 247, Novasports Prime), with the “red and white” chasing their fourth Euroleague and the “queen” the 11th trophy in its history.
The score it’s 2-1 in favor of Madrid, with the “red and white” being the only winning final in London in 2013, with the impressive 100-88, which was then accompanied by their back-to-back victory. Their first meeting in the final was in 1995 in Zaragozawhere the “queen” had won 73-61 and their last in 2015 in Madridwith Real taking the title, winning 78-59.
Both are coming off impressive performances in the Final Four semifinals. Olympiacos was the first to open the dance against Monaco. In the first half, the “red and whites” were mediocre, as a result of which they went to the locker room with -12 on the back. However, in the second half another… team came out on the floor and with an unprecedented 27-2 score in the third quarter, they pulled off the upset and closed it out by double digits. Thus, they achieved victory with a score of 76-62 and ensured their presence in the ninth final of their history.
On the other hand, Real Madrid also go to the final with high morale, coming from another excellent performance in the semi-final clasico against Barcelona. With a great protagonist Eddie Tavaresbut also worthy supporters of the “old series” Sergio Rodriguez, Sergio Yule and Rudy Fernandez, the “queen” defeated 78-66 the “blaugrana” and got the ticket for the final.
From here on, in the regular season of this year’s Euroleague, Olympiacos has made 2/2 against the “queen”. In the first round, the Piraeus team prevailed 89-87 in Madrid, while in SEF he had won by a score 73-60.
As far as the competitive part is concerned, Olympiacos does not face any problems and so the George Bartzokas he will have all the players at his disposal. On the other hand, Real traveled to Kaunas with significant absences. Initially, it does not count on the punished Gerson Yabuselli, who is serving his sentence from the altercation in the second match of the playoffs with Partizan. Also, the injured man is out Gabriel Decwhile O is also unprepared Vincent Poirier.
The referees of the match are Saša Pukl (Slovenia), Gitis Vilius (Lithuania) and Mendy Difala (France).
Source: Sport Fm
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