An Italian basketball team probably surprised themselves - and certainly surprised the Russians - when they met a team from the USSR at the Palazzo dello Sport Gymnasium in Milan.
G.V. U.S.S.R. Team in foreground, Italian team in background.
L.V. U.S.S.R. Team lined up.
L.V. Italian team lined up.
G.V. Play near Italian goal, Italian players with ball, he passes ball back up pitch.
L.V. Play near U.S.S.R.'s goal, ball is thrown towards net, hits net no score.
C.U. Woman spectator.
L.G.V. Play around Italian's goal, ball is thrown for goal, hits net, rebounds.
Ground Shot. U.S.S.R. player No.8. jumps with ball and scores.
S.V. Play at Italians goal, player tries for goal but misses, ball is hit away, a player barges, players call for penalty.
L.V. U.S.S.R. player takes penalty and scores, ball back up pitch.
S.V. Score board at half time. 28-28.
S.V. Italian player No.5. with ball, he passes, runs towards U.S.S.R. goal, goalie saves.
L.V. Player No.5 (Italy) with ball, he passes to No.7. who shoots and scores.
S.V. Player No.9. (Italy) with ball, he passes, player tries for goal but misses, players back up pitch.
S.V. U.S.S.R. reserve players.
G.V. Player No.8. (U.S.S.R.) taking free throw, scores.
L.V. Play around Italian goal, U.S.S.R. player shoots and scores.
S.V. Scoreboard at finnish of game, score..Italy 59...U.S.S.R. 64.
S.V. Players chatting.
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Background: An Italian basketball team probably surprised themselves - and certainly surprised the Russians - when they met a team from the USSR at the Palazzo dello Sport Gymnasium in Milan. The USSR are considered to be almost unbeatable in the basketball field of sport, yet the Italians held them to 28-28 in the first half and after being ahead several times in the second went down only by 59 to 64 at the end. The match was refereed by M. Blanchard of France and Mr. Skylojannis of Greece.