After an intense final, Anadolu Efes Istanbul got the better of Real Madrid in the Euroleague final in Belgrade (57-58) and retained the title acquired last season.
One after FC Barcelona, it was Real Madrid who failed against Anadolu Efes Istanbul. After beating Olympiacos with difficulty this Thursday in the semi-finals, the Istanbul club was able to emerge victorious from a tense match from start to finish against the Merengues. After a tight start to the match, it was the people of Madrid who widened the first significant gap with a seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter. It was then that Shane Larkin (10 points) came out of his box with a 7-0 in 33 seconds to bring Anadolu Efes Istanbul to one point at the end of the first quarter. The ten minutes leading to half-time have long experienced an identical scenario. Indeed, while the two clubs competed at the start of the second quarter, it was the Real Madrid players who took the lead a little with up to seven points. However, while Vasilije Micic (23 points) brought Anadolu Efes Istanbul to two points, a final three-point shot from Anthony Randolph (6 points) saw Real Madrid return to their dressing room five points clear. .
Anadolu Efes Istanbul bided its time
Back on the floor of the Stark Arena in Belgrade, the defenses took precedence over the attacks. Ten minutes which initially saw Madrid hold their advantage but their attack began to show signs of weakness. Unable to score for almost four minutes, the teammates of Guerschon Yabusele (3 points) saw Anadolu Efes Istanbul recover and approach the last ten minutes at only two units. From the outset, a three-point shot from Vasilije Micic allowed the Istanbulites to pass for the first time in a long time. While Vincent Poirier (5 points) tied the two teams on a free throw, Sergio Llull (9 points) gave Real Madrid a hand five minutes from the end of the match… and for the last time. Indeed, thanks in particular to Tibor Pleiss (19 points, 7 rebounds), Anadolu Efes Istanbul raced in the lead until the end for a one-point victory (57-58) and a second consecutive European title. FC Barcelona completes the podium thanks to its success over Olympiacos (84-74).