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Boomers' path clear as Spain top Poland

Spain have survived some stiff Polish resistance to book their spot in the basketball World Cup's final four and set up a potential high-stakes rematch with Australia.

Ricky Rubio scored 19 points, including a pair of three-pointers in a game-deciding 11-0 run in the final minutes, in a 90-78 win on Tuesday in Shanghai.

Australia will play the Czech Republic in the same stadium on Wednesday, with the winner to play Spain in Beijing on Friday for a spot in Sunday's gold medal decider.

An Australia win would set up the ultimate rematch after the Spanish denied the Boomers a maiden major tournament medal in a dramatic one-point bronze medal game result at Rio's 2016 Olympics.

Willy Hernangomez scored 18 points, Rudy Fernandez added 16 and Rubio had a game-high nine assists for Spain (6-0), which had been beaten in the quarter-final round of the last two World Cups.

AJ Slaughter scored 19 points and Adam Waczynski finished with 15 for Poland (4-2), which is assured of finishing no worse than eighth at its first appearance at the World Cup since 1967.

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