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Jon Robert Holden sank the winning two-pointer with two seconds remaining leaving the favourites Spain with silver.Russia last won gold

Jon Robert Holden sank the winning two-pointer with two seconds remaining leaving the favourites Spain with silver.

Russia last won gold in 1985, when they competed as the USSR, making it their 15th gold medal in the Euros. It was Spain's sixth failure in the final and they have never won gold.

Russia's Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko scored a game-high 17 points and was voted the tournament's MVP. He was supported by Victor Khryapa with 12 rebounds and seven points.

Urged on by their passionate home support, Spain tore into Russia at the start and had opened up a 12-point lead early in the second quarter.

But David Blatt's side did not lose their heads, tightened up in defence, and slowly reeled them back to trail 34-31 at half-time.

Russia's Zakhar Pashutin sank a three-pointer to level for the first time at 49-49 at the start of the fourth and it was neck and neck until the closing seconds when Holden gave Russia the one point advantage.

Spain had two seconds to respond but Pau Gasol's despairing last shot bounced on the rim and out as the buzzer went.

"This was a meeting of David against Goliath, we faced the beast and knocked him down," said Russia coach Blatt.

"Our plan was to stay in the game and make them feel the heat, the pressure of 15,000 fans, and to see how they play. Fortunately, we did that and we won."

Pepu Hernandez's side were led by Jose Manuel Calderon with 15 points and Gasol with 14, the only two to make double figures.

"I am going to think about all our errors, but I am not going to wash our dirty linen in public now. We deserved to win and nothing else is a compensation," said a downcast Hernandez.

"This is the best basketball team in Spain's history and still has an extraordinary future in front of it."

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