France have pulled off the shocker of the tournament at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, beating the reigning European champions Spain 65-52 to reach the semi-finals for the first time ever.

Boris Diaw led the way with 15 points. But it was 22-year-old Utah Jazz centre Ruby Gobert’s defensive presence and rebounding — particularly in the tough fourth quarter – which were key to the French upset.

Gobert had 13 rebounds in all, and though he was credited with just one blocked shot, he got his hand on at least three Spanish attempts in the fourth quarter alone, when France outscored Spain 23-9, including a 10-run to close the game.

France will now face Serbia in Friday’s Semi-Final.


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