Croatia has officially got eliminated from the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup after the end of the first round of the Qualifiers.
In a must-win game that was decided in the final seconds, the Croatians lost to Finland at home (79-81) and finished fourth in Group C.
Lauri Markkanen gave his team the lead with six second to go (79-81). Bogdan Bogdanovic missed the game-winning three-pointer, then Ivica Zubac missed the game-tying free throws at the buzzer and Croatia suffered a painful loss.
Following its loss, Croatia dropped to 1-5, whereas Finland claimed the first place with a 5-1 record. Slovenia (4-2) and Sweden (2-4) finished second and third, respectively.
Here are the results of Day 6 of the first round of the Basketball World Cup Qualifiers:
Slovakia (0-6) vs Latvia (5-1): 60-93
Great Britain (1-3) vs Turkey (2-2): 71-85
Croatia (1-5) vs Finland (5-1): 79-81
Sweden (2-4) vs Slovenia (4-2): 81-84
Germany (5-1) vs Poland (2-4): 93-83
Israel (3-3) vs Estonia (2-4): 96-77