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01 Aug 2012

No room for error

The battle to secure a place in the quarter finals heats up

The third round of the women's basketball tournament will be played today. For the teams that didn't shine in the first two games, this will be the perfect opportunity to get back in the game and secure one of the first four spots in the round to qualify for the quarter finals. In Group A, the most important challenge for the rankings is between Croatia and the Czech Republic (8 pm). Both teams lost the first two games and are in desperate need of a victory to have some hope of going through. China is the favorite in the game against Angola (11.15 am), and a victory would place it right at the top of the group with a full score. If things go according to plan, China should be in the company of the USA, which will play the last game scheduled today at the Basketball Arena, taking on the third unbeaten team in the round, Turkey, at 10.15 pm. In Group B, France, group leader with a full score alongside Russia, could be on yet another winning streak against Canada (9 am). Russia is another favorite in the afternoon match (4.45 pm) against Great Britain, which desperately needs a victory to avoid missing out on the first four spots. The most eagerly awaited game of the round will be at 2.30 pm: Australia against Brazil, with the former having to prove their ability to put behind their defeat against France.