In the fury of Istanbul, Monaco snatches a match 5 to see the Final Four

In the fury of Istanbul, Monaco snatches a match 5 to see the Final Four
In the fury of Istanbul, Monaco snatches a match 5 to see the Final Four

An epic match, a constant fight, even to return to the locker room once victory has been achieved. The Monaco players were immense on Friday evening in the pot at the Ulker Arena in Istanbul. Trailing two victories to one and therefore with their backs to the wall against Fenerbahçe in this Euroleague quarter-final, they snatched a narrow and deserved success (65-62), to offer themselves a fifth decisive match at home on Wednesday.

This victory came down to nothing, a floater from Fener leader Scottie Wilbekin which would have condemned Monaco to five seconds from the siren but which bounced on the circle without falling back in. In the process, the Roca Team managed to escape the all-terrain pressure of the Turks to send Donta Hall to seal the victory with a dunk at the buzzer.

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This outcome triggered the fury of certain supporters in the boiling Fener venue (13,000 seats), who threw a few projectiles in the direction of the Monegasques and entered the field. Excesses for which the Turkish coach, the Lithuanian Sarunas Jasikevicius, apologized.

Very happy with this outcome, the Monegasques were looking forward to this match 5 which will remind them of the good memories of last year. Opposed to Maccabi Tel Aviv, they did not miss the opportunity to qualify for the first Final Four in their history. An adventure that they are determined to experience again.

Real Madrid alone qualified for the moment

“I am confident, we generally have good matches at home. We will have to watch our emotions, it will be a match that will be played with nerves, said Monaco coach Sasa Obradovic after the match. We learned from these four games and I believe we will put this experience to good use. »

The final four of the competition will be held from May 24 to 26 in Berlin. Only Real Madrid are currently qualified. The Panatinaïkos-Maccabi and Barcelona-Olympiakos matches will also be played in a support match.

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