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Serbia routs Brazil 84-56 to reach World Cup semifinal vs. Spain or France

  • Serbia's Miroslav Raduljica celebrates during the Basketball World Cup quarterfinal between Brazil and Serbia in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Serbia's Miroslav Raduljica celebrates during the Basketball World Cup quarterfinal between Brazil and Serbia in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)  (The Associated Press)

  • Serbia's Nenad Krstic, center, and Nemanja Bjelica, right, get up to block a shot by Brazil's Raulzinho Neto during the basketball World Cup quarter finals match between Serbia and Brazil in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

    Serbia's Nenad Krstic, center, and Nemanja Bjelica, right, get up to block a shot by Brazil's Raulzinho Neto during the basketball World Cup quarter finals match between Serbia and Brazil in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's Raulzinho Neto, right, drives around Serbia's Milos Teodosic during the basketball World Cup quarter finals match between Serbia and Brazil in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

    Brazil's Raulzinho Neto, right, drives around Serbia's Milos Teodosic during the basketball World Cup quarter finals match between Serbia and Brazil in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)  (The Associated Press)

Serbia routed Brazil 84-56 to advance to the Basketball World Cup semifinals on Wednesday.

Spain or France will await in Madrid on Friday.

Brazil and its trio of NBA centers in Varejao, Tiago Splitter and Nene beat Serbia 81-73 in the group phase last week. But Serbia bettered the bigger Brazilians inside and out and turned a five-point halftime advantage into a blowout by outscoring Brazil 29-10 in the third period.

Brazil didn't help its cause with Tiago Splitter and Vieira earning consecutive technical fouls for protesting during that span.

Guard Milos Teodosic scored 23 points, and shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic added 12 for Serbia.

Varejao had 12 for Brazil.