Snooker World Cup 2011 - Day 4

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Tony Drago's team cashes victory
Today has been a pretty important day for all the teams involved in this year's World Cup, for it was the penultimate day of the round-robin stages and so they had to give their best in order to make their life easier and get one of those eight places from the quarter-finals. Tomorrow, the battle will get even tougher than today as each group will send only two of its teams in the knock-out stages.

Malta's Tony Drago and Alex Borg have registered a very surprising victory and a glorious one, I might add. They beat the UAE by five frames to nil. A total whitewash that doesn't leave any doubts about the greatness of this team of fine players.
At table number two, Northern Ireland was doing its job, meaning that Mark Allan and Gerard Greene were winning, this time their victims being Belgium's Luca Brecel and Bjorn Haneveer. However, it was a tight battle, ended on a 3-2 final result.

Belgium's Brecel and Haneveer
The Wales' Dragons very well impersonated by Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens had another victorious day, as they beat Pakistan's Sahid Aftab and Muhammad Sajjad 3-2, while Poland sadly missed another opportunity to go further in the competition, being hammered 4-1 by Afghanistan's team.

The second part of the day started with a very hard battle given by China in front of Australia. Well, actually it was a hard battle for both teams, the one that took the victory being Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo's one.
At the same time, England was facing India and for the first time since the beginning of this tournament, Mark Selby and Ali Carter had a pretty difficult task in front of them. It's true, they've coped with it in the best possible way, but by looking at how much the match took and the fact that we didn't see any glorious breaks, it wasn't the easiest battle in the book. However, they managed to win it by  4-1.

Ding Junui, although ill put quite a battle

Next in line was the team of Scotland and the one of Thailand 2 . Here we had some surprises as well, for Scotland wasn't at its best, while Thailand 2 took every chance they got to take the lead each time Higgins and Maguire were levelling the match. Still, in the end it was Maguire's 86 break that put his team’s name on the scoreboard as the winner of this cue battle, 3-2.

The last mach of the day was also the longest one. The Republic of Ireland was taking on Germany's best Patrick Einsle and Lasse M√ľnsterman and it was one hell of a match! Since both teams were eager to win this in order to keep their faith alive that they might just have a chance to reach the quarter-finals, it was no wonder they ended up on a  decider, decider that could have gone either way. Ireland's was more fortunate this time, and so the scoreline was in their favour, 3-2.

One more day and we'll know who will reach the knock-out stages, so be prepared for a very tough ride, as all teams want to book a place in the quarter-finals. Below you can check the list points.

Group A Points Group B Points Group C Points Group D Points
Wales 11 China 9 England 11 Scotland 10
Egypt 4 Thailand 1 7 Brazil 5 Thailand 2 6
Pakistan 7UAE 3India 5Afghanistan9
Germany 9Malta 12Belgium 8Poland 6
Ireland 9Australia 9N. Ireland 11Hong Kong

Day 5 list of matches:

From 07:00 (UK time)
Group B: UAE v. Australia
Group A: Egypt v. Pakistan
Group C: Brazil v. India
Group D: Thailand 2 v. Poland

From 13:00 (UK time)
Group A: Wales v. Republic of Ireland
Group B: Thailand 1 v. China
Group D: Scotland v. Hong Kong China
Group C: England v. Northern Ireland

TV coverage:
07:00 - 11:00 British EuroSport 2
15:00 - 17:00 British EuroSport 2