Host nation Austria see off debutants Portugal in clean sweep to book World Cup of Darts Quarter-Final spot
The second Quarter-Finalists at the World Cup of Darts have been confirmed with the host nations Austria through in a clean sweep after defeating debutants Portugal.
Mensur Suljovic and Jose de Sousa were facing off in the first tie which was a clash of two players in good form as of late. But it was a win which was took by 'The Gentle' 4-2.
Neither player was at their best with slim margins on the doubles proving pivotal with Suljovic hitting 33% while De Sousa was on 2/9 (22%).
Suljovic started by claiming a 2-0 lead including his trusty double 14 to break after De Sousa had missed a dart to hold. De Sousa had the chance to break back to make it 2-1 but in the end fluffed his lines and Suljovic came back to pin double one and go 3-0 up.
De Sousa returned to grab his first leg on the board before then breaking with a 121 checkout to ask the question but after 'The Special One' couldn't pin a 131, Suljovic claimed a 58 checkout last dart in hand to win through.
It was then handed off to Rowby-John Rodriguez who eased past Jose Marques in a 4-1 win where 'Little John' hit 36% on the doubles and a high checkout of 84.
A pivotal moment came with Rodriguez breaking his throw to go 2-1 up and from there, he streaked to victory to set up a tie against England or Lithuania.
World Cup of Darts 2020 schedule
Afternoon session (12:00 GMT)
Canada 2-0 New Zealand
Singles 1: Jeff Smith (88.32) 4-1 (88.41) Haupai Puha
Singles 2: Matt Campbell (96.2) 4-2 (87.84) Cody Harris
Austria 2-0 Portugal
Singles 1: Mensur Suljovic (86.48) 4-2 (93.52) Jose De Sousa
Singles 2: Rowby-John Rodriguez (81.36) 4-1 (74.22) Jose Marques
Belgium v Latvia
Singles 1: Kim Huybrechts v Janis Mustafejevs
Singles 2: Dimitri Van den Bergh v Madars Razma
England v Lithuania
Singles 1: Michael Smith v Darius Labanauskas
Singles 2: Rob Cross v Mindaugas Barauskas