Serbia lost to Belgium earlier tonight (73:74) after Sunday’s match delay due to electrical issues in Čair. Despite having a two-digit lead throughout most of the match they slipped for the second time coming, which complicates their road towards the World Cup.

Serbia vs Belgium
Photo: FIBA

This is the second consecutive defeat for the squad of coach Pešić in Group A.

However, all is not lost. Serbia still has a fighting chance, albeit the situation has now become more complicated. In order to compete at the upcoming World Championship Serbia has to show stellar performance in the next phase. First by beating Greece on home grounds: June 25th, followed by an away match in Turkey only three days later.

Then – a long pause, all the way towards the beginning of next year. Serbia will then play Greece as a visiting squad in February 24h. Finishing the qualifying cycle by hosting Great Britain on the 27th.

Team Serbia now shares a 1-3 score with team GB, but needs to get to the Top 3.

Belgium shares a 2-2 score with Turkey, while Greece is on top of the group with a 3-1 thus far.

The Basketball World Cup begins on August 25h of 2023.

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