The Czech Republic held off Italy in the final minutes of the game for 9th place at the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women, to reach a 59-54 victory.
Italy lived dangerously in the final moments of the game with Slovenia in the Global Vision U18 European Championship Classification Round for 9th to 12th place, but prevailed in the end, 62-57.
Italy, the 2010 champions of the U18 European Championship Women, will have to conform with 9th place, at best, after they lost their last game in the Qualification Round against the Netherlands, 55-48.
Italy's chanches of defending their U18 European Championship Women title have suffered an almost fatal blow after losing to the Czech Republic on the second day of the Qualifying Round, 54-47.
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