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Sweden fell in the last qualifying match against Italy – but that didn't matter.
Swedish basketball women are ready for the European Championship next summer.
"Because we have struggled for this," Louice Halvarsson said.
The Swedish basketball women miss the last European Championship. But in the summer championship they have a great match to face the last qualifying match against Italy.
The prerequisites are simple. In victory, Sweden will be ready for Euro 2019.
Even the second place is sufficient depending on how they enter other groups. For Italy, the same thing happened and the home side connected a little grip on the match with 19-15 after the first period.
In the second period Sweden lost everything. Both defense and attack were successful and Italy did it 21-6 in that period and led 40-21 in the first round.
"We did not share the ball like the first, we waited the last second and took a hard shot," Amanda Zahui told SVT.
"We have a medal opportunity"
But Sweden got up well after the break and after Louice Halvarsson's grandfather, his position was 50-41 ahead of the last.
Sweden continued pickup and with three minutes the distance was only two points. However, Italy managed to win the match with 62-56.
It does not matter.
Sweden is ready for the European Championship as one of the six best group forces. The European Championship will be played between June 27 and July 7 in Serbia and Latvia.
– Very fun, very fun. Because we have fought for this. It feels strange to celebrate when you have lost, but we lose a little profit and that is what we need to do. Now we are heading for the European Championship, Louice Halvarsson told SVT.
Frida Eldebrink, who scored 19 points, now believes in the success of the European Championship.
– Actually it hurts a little, a little weird. Fantastic. I am very happy right now, he said to SVT and continued:
"I think we have a medal opportunity so we will have high hopes.