Croatia started the game fashionably and with Kasun and Ukic in good mood they took a quick 9-0 lead. Then came Kus' basket to increase the lead to 18-3. FYROM came back led by Stefanov and Massey, making the score 22-9 at first and then cutting the difference even more, 23-16.
Planinic and Washington, each for his nation, took over the score in the second quarter and the score became 33-23. Croatia finished the second quarter strongly based on their front court superiority, leading the game 44-33.
In the second half Samardgiski helped his nation in the scoring area and brought the difference down to 8, 48-40. But then came Popovic of Croatia to re-establish a double digit difference for Croatia before the end of the third quarter, 68-57.
FYROM made their ultimate counter attack in the start of the last quarter and managed to make the score 68-62. But Croatia's experienced players such as Vujcic and Ukic came back strong and, again, took the difference to double digit levels, 78-67. Massey was fighting alone (29 points) and managed to make the score 86-80, 43 second before the end, but that was it for FYROM. Final score was 90-83 for Croatia who won the Efes World Cup.
In the other game of the day Germany beat Latvia 89-72.