RIO DE JANEIRO， Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Pau Gasol missed both his last free-throws when Spain lost 66-65 to Brazil at the Rio Olympics men's basketball tournament here on Tuesday.
This is Spain second loss in row after they lost 72-70 to Croatia on Sunday， which put the European champions into a tough situation in Group B.
If Spain beat Nigeria in the next match， they need to beat European runners-up Lithuania or South American runners-up Argentina to advance into the knock-out round， or both to avoid a potential quarterfinal encounter with the United States.
"We were in the same situation four years ago in London when we lost two games in a row. We will take the challenge，" Spain's coach Sergio Scariolo said.
Spain lost to Russia 77-74 and to Brazil 88-82 in the group stage at the London Olympics， but finished with silver medals at last.
Gasol was fouled and stepped onto the line when Spain led 65-64 with 23 seconds to go， but he squandered the chance of a comfortable lead. Brazil's Marcus Marqunhos tipped in a missed jump shot from Marcelinho Huertas on the next possession.
With only five seconds left on the clock， Sergio Llull missed a jumper inside the paint. Rudy Fernandez grabbed the offensive rebound but did not have time to shoot.
"(For the free-throws) sometimes you make them， sometime you don't. It's just a bad day for Pau. It's a bad day for all of us，" Fernandez said.
Spain trailed for most of the first half after a 4-0 start， before regaining the lead by 31-27. Brazil used a 9-0 run banking two quarters to get the upper hand again， and another 11-0 run to lead 56-45 in the fourth quarter.
Llull led Spain to claw back as his 3-pointer and a free-throw put them ahead by 65-63 with 1:03 minutes left. Nene Hilario made one of his free-throws to make it a one-point game before Marqunhos' winning basket.
Jonas Maciulis scored 14 points in the third quarter to lead Lithuania to an 89-80 victory over Nigeria in a close match no one expected.
Nigeria started strong by leading 16-13 in the first quarter， 41-36 in the second and 49-47 midway in the 3rd when the African champions were on the way to producing the biggest upset of the tournament so far.
Maciulis， who had 21 points， led Lithuania to a 12-0 run to pull away by 59-49. Nigeria， led by Ikechukwu Diogu's 19 points and Michael Umeh's 17， chased back as close as 84-79 with less than minute to go of the match， but never made further step up.
In Tuesday's last match， Argentina beat Croatia 90-82 for the second win in a row.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Portugal and Croatia in Lens coach hampton tote leather , France, on June 25 coach kristin leather tote , 2016. (Xinhua file photoTao Xiyi)
MADRID， Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Cristiano Ronaldo needed just six minutes before he was able to celebrate his return from injury against Osasuna with a goal on Saturday afternoon.
Ronaldo was left with the simplest of tap-ins after Gareth Bale broke the visitors' offside trap to square the ball for the Portuguese international to score.
On paper the game looked as if it was going to be straightforward for Madrid as they faced a side recently promoted from the Spanish second division and when Tony Kroos hit a shot into the side-netting after nine minutes， it looked as if it indeed was going to be a stroll.
Gareth Bale saw a shot saved by Osasuna keeper Nauzet but Madrid appeared to relax as the half progressed and had a massive let off when Unai Garcia smacked a header against Kiko Casilla's crossbar when totally unmarked in the 39th minute.
That was to prove a costly miss as in the next move Madrid doubled their lead as Danilo fired through a crowd of players to make it 2-0 and Sergio Ramos added a third with a powerful header on the stroke of halftime.
With a Champions League game at home to Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday and a comfortable lead， Real Madrid had little need to force the pace on a hot afternoon， but Pepe added a fourth in the 55th minute with a strong header and Modric made it 5-0 seven minutes later with a curling shot.
Oriol Riera then scored a fine header to give Osasuna a consolation goal before Ronaldo was replaced by Karim Benzema， who also made his debut for the season.
Osasuna then had a second goal ruled out when the referee decided to give a penalty for a foul on Sergio Ramos when Oier had the ball in the net. Roberto Torres then saw his spot-kick saved by Casilla， although David Lopez provided some consolation when he scored Osasuna's second with another good header. Enditem
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