Beaten by Rudy Fernandez’s Real this Thursday evening, the Lyon-Villeurbanne club concedes a 19th defeat in C1 this season, for only nine victories.
With three three-point shots in the last quarter of an hour, the Spaniard Rudy Fernandez single-handedly cracked Villeurbanne, beaten by Real Madrid 70-58, Thursday evening in the Spanish capital, for the 30th day of football. Euroleague.
With this 22nd victory of the regular season, Real takes the lead in the Euroleague and puts pressure on Barça (21 wins on the clock), which hosts Red Star Belgrade on Friday evening. For its part, Asvel has almost given up all hope of finishing in one of the first eight places, with this 19th setback for only nine victories.
The Euroleague decided at the end of February to suspend the three Russian clubs from the competition (CSKA Moscow, Kazan and Saint Petersburg) following the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army, and the league indicated that « if the situation (in Ukraine, editor’s note) does not evolve favorably, all regular season matches against Russian teams will be canceled and the rankings reconfigured« . The current ranking takes into account the results of matches already played by Russian clubs.
Equal play for 30 minutes, but…
Thursday evening, Asvel tied with the Spanish juggernaut until the start of the last ten minutes (48-47 for Real in the 29th minute), moment chosen by the Spanish rear of Real Rudy Fernandez to plant three winning shots and making a gap that TJ Parker’s men failed to recover, despite Chris Jones’ 17 points.
Fernandez finished the match with 17 points, while Frenchies from Real Guerschon Yabusele (12 pts) and Vincent Poirier (10 pts) also stood out. « These matches are important for us. We played a good match on both sides of the pitch. We got the ball moving better in the fourth quarter“Commented Rudy Fernandez after the meeting.