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Spain play the World Cup semi-finals after comfortably seeing off Poland

Juancho Hernangómez rises above Sokolowski and Kulig.
Juancho Hernangómez rises above Sokolowski and Kulig. / EFE
  • Sergio Scariolo's side take on Australia today and are already assured of a place at next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo

Spain go into the Basketball World Cup semi-finals today (Friday) after a convincing 90-78 victory over Poland at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center on Tuesday.

Point guard Ricky Rubio played an important role in the team's victory, scoring 19 points, making nine assists and taking five rebounds.

Veteran forward Rudy Fernández also stepped up to the mark, scoring 16 points and all five of his three-pointers.

The Hernangómez brothers were in form with Willy scoring 18 points and Juancho 14.

Veteran Marc Gasol scored 10 points and produced seven assists.

A. J. Slaughter scored 19 points and Unicaja's Adam Waczynski finished with 15 for Poland who will end no lower than eighth in their first World Cup appearance since 1967.

Having already seen off one of the tournament favourites in Serbia on Sunday (81-69), Sergio Scariolo's side will be favourites as they take on Australia today, assured of a spot in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year thanks to their opponents' 82-70 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Spain, ranked number two in the world, have their sights firmly set on their second world title, 13 years after their first.