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Last Updated: 11/8/20 7:31 pm
Michael van Gerwen was unable to perform at his best due to nerves stuck in his lower back when Holland was sent off by Germany at the World Darts Cup on Sunday afternoon.
The world number one was somehow able to compete on Sunday afternoon after seeking medical advice and although showing no visible signs of pain at the oche, he was clearly not at his best as the Dutch bid for a fifth title was ended by Germany.
Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp will now prepare for the semi-final meeting with Wales, while England will face Belgium.
Sunday’s Quarter-Final Results
|Afternoon||Canada 1-2 Belgium|
|England 2-1 Austria|
|Wales 2-1 Australia|
|Netherlands 1-2 Germany|
The Netherlands suffers a shock going out to Germany
The four-time champions face Germany in the much-awaited quarter-final tie of the afternoon.
The German pair Clemens and Hopp advanced to the last eight having lost just one leg when Clemens took on Danny Noppert first.
Clemens got off to a brilliant start as he made a classy 156 payoff to take a 2-0 lead, but having lost D16 to go further forward, Noppert made him pay off before leveling up with 15 legs of arrows.
The next two legs went with throws before Clemens fired a maximum of 140, and ended with D8 to claim a 4-3 win to add pressure to the injured MVG.
But Van Gerwen, who had been checked in hospital just hours earlier, produced the items to beat the former youth world champion 4-1 and gave us a matched winner.
Noppert held off for 104 to stop a straight throw before sinking the top to double the lead for the Netherlands. However, Germany hit back to level 2-2 before the next two legs left with throws to send the game into the decider.
Germany had the advantage of the pitch but failed and after Van Gerwen failed to score the winner, Clemens held back his nerve to reach D10 for a famous win.
Wales digs deeper to beat Australia
Pre-tournament favorite Wales took on Australia in a delicious quarter-final fight and it didn’t disappoint.
Gerwyn Price and Simon Whitlock did it with a hammer and brace as they shared the opening four legs before ‘The Wizard’ made an 11-dart throw. Price responded with his own 11-darts by pulling out 96 with a neat combination of two arrows to send the contest to the final round.
Whitlock sped away only to miss three match darts in D10 to allow Price to steal the opening rubber with D12.
Derbyshire-based Damon Heta appeared to be increasing the heat on Jonny Clayton in second singles.
It was even for the first four legs and then Heta nailed D8 to break the pitch before holding off the pitch to seal a 4-2 win and take us all the way.
Wales opened their doubles encounter on the front foot when they were two legs up, but Heta made a D1 to give the Aussies hope of resurrection. Price then pinned the D10 for a 3-1 lead before sinking the D6 to seal victory.
Semi-Final & Sunday Final
|Semi-Final||England vs Belgium|
|Wales vs Germany|
|Last one||England or Belgium vs Wales or Germany|
Live Darts World Cup
8 November 2020, 18.00
England beat hosts Austria
Top seeds England managed to qualify for the showdown with Belgium after ending hosts Austria’s hopes in a thrilling quarter-final.
Michael Smith faced Mensur Suljovic in the first half and after having a bit of luck to hold off the throw in the first leg, he plowed heavily to break his opponent’s serve in the following game. He then took 72 to walk away from victory.
But Suljovic fought back in an extraordinary way. He held off throws before piling up at the 177th and 50th finish as well before sending rubber to the deciding leg with a majestic maximum and an 81 checkout. He secured a stellar 87 wins over the bulls to record a 4-3 win.
It was left to Rob Cross to save British chops against Rowby-John Rodriguez. The 26-year-old was clearly on fire and he opened up with 160 punches before nailing a solid ton. Cross hit back in the next set but he was pushed back as soon as Rodriguez had 92 to take a 3-1 lead.
Cross cleared 66 to stay alive and after Rodriguez missed a match dart, the former world champion pinned on a D4 to send him on penalties. The tension ran through both players with the more important double fault. Rodriguez missed three more darts of the game before Cross pulled himself together to land a D6.
The first five legs of double action went with throws before Suljovic pinned the pinnacle to send us into another final leg determinant. Smith grabbed three of the match darts but Austria were unable to take advantage, leaving Cross to finish the job for England thanks to a D10.
Belgium sneaks past Canada
Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh ended the Canadian journey as they both made it through to the last four on the Salzburgarena stage.
Huybrechts, a former finalist in 2013, opened the match with a brilliant performance to beat Jeff Smith 4-1.
‘The Hurricane’ averaged an excellent 108.32 arrows in a blistering dart display.
Canada, playing in their first Darts World Cup quarter-final since 2016, needed a lift and Matt Campbell did it with an opening 160 salvo before breaking Van den Bergh’s serve with a 64 finish.
Hamilton’s ‘The Ginga Ninja’ continued his clinic finish by nailing 120 to make it 3-0. Van den Bergh blocked the pitch in the fourth leg but Campbell won the decisive doubles after pinning D19 in a shock 4-1 win.
In a drama-heavy pairing match, there were four throw breaks in the opening four legs before Huybrechts pinned on D4 and D8 to seal a 4-2 success and qualify for his sixth World Cup semi-final.
Don’t miss the arrow thrown at the Darts World Cup. The action continues tonight starting at 6pm Sky Sports Arena when we had coverage of the remaining two sessions as the new champions were crowned.