Manhandled for almost the entire match by Montenegro, the Blues won in the snatch (71-73) and validated their ticket for the final phase of Euro 2022 before the last day.
The deal was simple. The Blues had to win one of their last two matches as part of the Euro 2022 qualifiers to validate their ticket for the finals. Before facing Great Britain on Monday, Vincent Collet’s players had a tough trip to Montenegro as their first “match point”. At the end of a 40-minute fight, the Habs have reached their goal and will be there in September 2022. If Amath M’Baye (10 points, 7 rebounds) launched the Blues with a three-point shot, the Montenegrins responded with a 10-1 to widen the first significant gap of this meeting. Bosko Radovic’s players, led by Petar Popovic (17 points) and Marko Simonovic (16 points, 7 rebounds), kept the hand throughout the first half of the match but never got away from the score, counting only six points ahead at halftime.
If, upon returning to the floor of the Bemax Arena in Podgorica, the Montenegrins were finally able to pass the ten-point lead, with eleven points as the biggest gap in the match, it is at this time that Vincent’s players Collet tightened the game in defense and regained momentum in attack. The result was a 10-0 led by Alexandre Chassang (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Axel Julien (6 points) with three points which completely put the Blues back in the match, with three points behind ten minutes from the end. Match. It is a new three-point shot from the returning Thomas Heurtel (16 points), who returned to the courts after two months of forced stoppage, which allowed the Blues to return to the front four minutes from the end.
An electric end to the match that saw the Habs have the last word. Returned to two points on a free throw from Marko Simonovic, the Montégrins tried to miss the second shot to give themselves an opportunity to equalize but Thomas Heurtel ensured the rebound to validate the victory of the Blues (71-73) and qualification. A success which also makes the happiness of Great Britain, victorious in Germany (81-83), which also validates its ticket and will play a match without stake vis-a-vis the Blues this Monday, always in Podgorica.
EURO 2020 (QUALIFICATIONS) / GROUP G
5th day – Saturday February 20, 2021
Germany – Britain : 81-83
Montenegro – France : 71-73
Group G ranking
1- France 9 points
2- Great Britain 8
3- Montenegro 7
4- Germany 6