London 2012 basketball: Spain beats France in men's quarterfinals
In an Olympic men's quarterfinal game that turned chippy at the end, the Spaniards advanced into the semifinals with a seven-point victory over the neighboring French in London.
London — Spain broke open a fierce defensive battle in the final minute to beat France, 66-59, and reach the semi-finals of the Olympic men's basketball tournament in a bad-tempered contest that threatened to turn into a brawl.
Back-to-back fouls for unsportsmanlike behavior were assessed against France's Ronny Turiaf and Nicolas Batum after hard hits at the end of the game, and players from both teams had to be restrained by officials from going after each other.
Spain and Russia will meet on Friday with the winners advancing to the gold medal game and the losers playing for bronze on Sunday.