France won the bronze medal game in Naples after a stellar first 20 minutes helped them claim a superb 75-46 victory over Russia.
It was very much a case of de ja vous for Russia Coach Anna Arkhipova Von Kalmanovich who has impressed as a coach during the tournament but was left to watch on helplessly as her team repeated the terrible start that proved so costly in yesterdays semi-final with Spain.
Reigning champions Spain will get the opportunity to defend their title after booking their place in tomorrows final against Belgium with a truly brutal 66-46 massacre of Russia.
The victory was achieved via an astonishing whirlwind first half. It left the Russian team suffering terminal storm damage and completely blown out of sight - their dreams of gold gone after a disastrous twenty minutes.
Russia Coach Anna Arkhipova Von Kalmanovich has paid tribute to Italy after her team inflicted a heart-breaking 65-64 overtime loss on the hosts to set up a semi-final clash with Spain.
In a truly astonishing game of basketball, the emotion in the Arena after the final buzzer had ended was incredible.
France crashed to their first loss of the tournament in spectacular fashion as Russia claimed top spot in Group F with a stunning defensive effort in their 57-41 victory.
The result left Russia Coach Anna Arkhipova Von Kalmanovich delighted with the effort of her team as they bounced back from their disappointing and shock loss to Poland.
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