The Soviet Union had a surprisingly easy victory over Cuba on August 28 to win a place in the basketball semi-finals of the Friendship '84 Games in Moscow.
USSR (IN RED) v CUBA (IN BLUE SHORTS & SHIRTS)
1. GV Cuban side attacking. Soviet team takes possession of ball and scores. 0.19
2. GV Cuban side attacking and scoring goal. 0.30
3. GVs Soviet team attacking and scoring goal. Crowd applauding. (2 SHOTS) 0.48
4. GVs Cuban team attacking and attempting to score. Ball bounces off rim of net. Soviet team takes possession and scoring. Crowd applauding. (2 SHOTS) 1.09
5. GV Cubans attacking and scoring. 1.26
6. GV Soviet team attacking and scoring. Crowd applauding. 1.36
7. GV Cubans attempting to score goal but failing. Soviet team taking possession and scoring. 1.55
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Background: MOSCOW, USSR
The Soviet Union had a surprisingly easy victory over Cuba on August 28 to win a place in the basketball semi-finals of the Friendship '84 Games in Moscow. Before the match Cuba had been considered as a strong threat to the Soviet team. But 19-year-old Lithuanian Arvidas-Romas Sabonis helped his side to a comfortable 123-90 victory over the Cuban side. The Soviet team went on to beat Poland 139-81, to claim a place in the final against Czechoslovakia. The Friendship '84 Games were organised by Eastern block nations that boycotted the summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The Soviet Union initiated the boycott, claiming its athletes were not assured of adequate security during the tournament.