In Antwerp, the match of the fifth round of the first group stage qualifying for the World Cup was held. The Belgian national team hosted on the home arena the Russian team.
The first half of the meeting was held in a relatively equal fight, and the teams left for a big break with a score of 47:45 in favor of the hosts. The turning point came in the third quarter, in which the Russians managed to get ahead – 67:61. In the final quater, the team of Bazarevich increased the advantage, eventually gaining a confident victory – 84:66.
Timofey Mozgov scored 14 points.
This success allowed the Russian team to secure to go in the second group round qualification of the World Cup ahead of time. The next match the team will hold in Krasnodar with the French team. The game will be held on July 2.