|Matteo Soragna and Marco Pesic|
Both teams were aware of the importance of the game and acted a bit nervous. For instance, Germany's center Patrick Femerling started with an air ball on a lay up. But eventually Germany showed that they knew their way around in Himmelstalundshallen. It was particulary Mithat Demirel who led the way with his three 3-pointers. Italy had difficulties to score, not used to the arena. In a few minutes Germany scored 10-0 and went to the break nine points ahead.
|Massimo Bulleri (guarded by Steffen Hamann) had 17 points for Italy|
The Germans' lead looked comfortable, bearing in mind that they grabbed twice as many rebounds as Italy during the first two quarters. But things did turn around in Norrköping. Key players in the Italian comeback were Nikola Radulovic and Massimo Bulleri, who took responsibility and did it well. A crucial factor was that Germany's Mithat Demirel, so far the player of the game, was injured and received medical treatment on the sideline. Without their leader, Germany collapsed. Going in to the last quarter, it was Italy which were on top of things.
|Alex Righetti and Dirk Nowitzki|
Italy go on to the next round where they face Greece in the quarter final on Thursday.