|Sabrine Bouzenna and France survived one of the game's of the tournament to date|
France remained perfect at the U20 European Championship Women in Samsun after a thrilling and a hard-fought 59-58 win over Sweden.
When Sweden and France met at EuroBasket Women earlier this summer it was was claimed to be one of the best women's basketball games in recent memory. On Tuesday, their younger peers put in performance to rival it.
With Christelle Diallo and Esther Moisan Niamke leading the way, France stormed out of the gate with a 17-2 lead, but the hot-shooting Swedes used three triples from Gabriella Frykbo to get right back into the game and hold 31-30 halftime advantage.
With more lead changes after the break, Sweden looked to be on a way to pull out an improbable comeback when Josefin Vesterberg scored seven points in a 9-0 run, including a triple for a 58-57 lead with 32 second remaining.
However Margaux Galliou hit two free throws with 18 seconds to go for France to get back in front, and when Ellen Nyström's jump shot came up short on Sweden's final possession, the French were allowed sighs of relief.
France overcame Sweden's seven triples by being efficient from close range, as they shot better than 50% (21-for-41) for two points.
Marie Mbuyamba had 14 points and 10 rebounds in victory, and whilst Diallo also picked up 14. Vesterberg and Frykbo each had 13 for Sweden which plays Russia on Wednesday for the fourth and final quarter-final place from Group F.