The Serbian basketball players lost a winning game and complicated their ranking at the WC

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The basketball team of Serbia is on the way to missing out on the World Cup for the first time in 30 years after losing a game tonight. Serbia lost 73:74 to Belgium in Nis, in a match that started yesterday and ended tonight.

Serbia finished the first phase with three defeats and third place in Group A, which is why in the next phase of the qualifiers, they will transfer the least number of points to the newly formed group.

Namely, Latvia and Greece in the newly formed group 1 will transfer seven points each, Belgium and Turkey will have six each, and Serbia and Great Britain five each.

An additional problem for Serbia is that both Latvia and Belgium have a better record in each other's matches, and in the case of an identical number of points won, these two selections will have the advantage in the table, and the placement of the WC is provided by the first three national teams in the group.

Tonight, the Srpski basketball players lost a game they won because they had an advantage of 11 points (68:57) with less than seven minutes to go.

But then there was a big drop in the game and until the end Serbia gave only five points, all through Ognjen Jaramaz, and received as many as 17. With 38 seconds left, the Belgians took the lead with 73:74 through Emmanuel Lecomte's points, after which Vanja Marinkovic missed a shot for the win with 10 seconds left.

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