Italy struck in the second half and left the Estonians without a win, supported by their fans

The Italians won the duel 83:62 (21:18, 31:15, 17:19, 14:10).

Even though the match took place in Milan, Estonian fans were also well heard in the Italian city – more than 2,000 of them came to the fashion capital. Led by their cheering chants, the Estonians seriously attacked the home team in the first half.

After the first ten minutes, Italy was ahead by three points – 21:18.

However, at the beginning of the second quarter, Estonia’s attack began to stall, and the Italians, taking advantage of this, quickly built up a double-digit advantage, which grew to a 15-point lead in just a few minutes – 35:20.

The cold shower did not silence the Estonians – Kerr Kriisa continued his concert by scoring the 9th point to bring the guests closer – 31:37.

Enraged, the Italians made another spurt and pulled away from their opponents again, taking a 52-33 lead into the long break.

In the second half of the match, Italy continued to successfully control the match, maintaining a crushing advantage and successfully started the European basketball championship.

We remind you that the Italian basketball team is doing without its brightest star Danilo Gallinari in these championships. The 34-year-old Italian tore his cruciate knee ligaments right before the championship.

In the matches of this group that ended a little earlier, Greece defeated the Croatians 89:85, and Ukraine crushed the United Kingdom 90:61.

Italy: Simone Fontecchio 19, Nicolo Melli 17, Achille Polonara 12

Estonia: Kerr Kriisa 20, Kristijan Kitsing and Janari Joesaar 9 each.

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