In the match of the third round of the group stage of the OI-2020, the women's national teams of Nigeria and Japan will face off. On whose side will luck turn out to be?
The Nigerian national team lost in the opening two matches, but still remains in the battle for the playoffs, as it has two points and will try to climb to third place to fight with the other two teams that took third places in their quarters. However, to do this, it is necessary to beat Japan in the third round, and judging by the first two games, it will not be easy to do this. Nigeria's attack works generally well, but the defense is bursting at the seams and is often absent: 72-81 from the United States and 62-87 from France.
The Japanese women are doing much better. They are still third, but even if they remain in third place, they have every chance to qualify for the playoffs, because they will have five points, and they will need to beat at least one of the two teams that took third places in their groups - at the moment Japan is already beating Australia, which has two points, so a victory over Nigeria is guaranteed to bring the Japanese playoffs. As for the results in the previous two rounds, in the first there was a victory over France (74-70), and in the second a defeat against the United States (69-86).
Statistics and figures:
- Nigeria (w) lost in both matches;
- Japan (w) has one win and one loss;
- Nigeria (w) and Japan (w) played each other once, in 2004: then the Japanese women won with a score of 79-73.
Both teams are effectively acting at someone else's ring, and there is also a decisive duel, the playoffs are at stake, so each of the parties will try to throw as accurately as possible, not allowing the opponents to break away.