Patty Mills Australia Italy
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Australia defeated Italy in a late thriller on Wednesday (86-83) and qualified for the knockout stage of the Olympic tournament.

Patty Mills (16 points) and Joe Ingles (14 points) made some clutch shots at crunch time and helped Australia seal the deal.

On the other hand, Italy saw Simone Fontecchio lead the way with 22 points, yet the team suffered a painful defeat that decreases their chances to reach the knockout stage.

Australia will now face Germany in the final game of the group stage and needs a win to finish first in the standings.

On the other hand, Italy will now need to defeat Nigeria in order to clich its place in the quarter-finals.