German Masters 2012 (Day 2) - On-fire Maguire burns Higgins

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Maguire sends Higgins to Scotland
Needless to say that the second day of the German Masters was a very exciting one. And with a lot of matches ended on a decider, with remarkable comebacks and with whitewashes, the evening session couldn't be any different.

Current world champion, John Higgins was forced to pack his bags and return to the lovely Scotland, after Stephen Maguire crushed him 5-0, Mark Allen (although survived the earlier snooker dispute with Tom Ford) lost 3-5 to a merciless Judd Trump, while "Magician" Shaun Murphy defeated Ricky Walden 5-2 for a place in the quarter-finals.

It was a one way traffic match what happened between John Higgins and Stephen Maguire. They may be friends, but on the green baize they are enemies and that's how Maguire treated his opponent. Breaks of 74, 89, 34, 29 and 52 were enough to end on a 5-0 result and win the "bragging rights" at the after-match dinner as Maguire so humourlessly stated in an interview for World Snooker.

Oooops, I'm being whitewashed
The proud of Northern Ireland, Mark Allen had a very difficult day having to perform a great comeback in the match against Tom Ford from being lead 4-1 so he could win it by 5-4. In the evening, an even more dangerous opponent was waiting for him, Judd Trump. 

And this time, although Allen did try his best, he didn't manage to prevail the UK Championship's fury, nor to take revenge for losing the final of the same tournament just two months ago.

Trump flied to 4-1 with breaks like 44, 54 and another 54, moment in which Allen tried a comeback. Unfortunately for him he only succeeded to cash a tiny frame, the next one going the 22-year-old lad's way for a final result of 5-2.

Trump continues t make victims on the green baize
At the near table it seemed like Shaun Murphy was going to perform the second whitewash of the evening on Ricky Walden, but the 2008 Shanghai Masters champion had other plans.

Murphy used his magic cue to go 4-0 up by hitting in runs of 128, 33 and 41, but Walden replayed with a 61 and a 59 to pull back two on a row. 

Still, Shaun has one more ace to play and he used it in the next frame to close the deal at 5-2 and get a place in the quarter-finals.

Murphy is in the quarter-finals
Although he startet his day by taking down Ding Junhui, Yu Delu didn't end it on the same note and "Bulldog" Lee was there to make sure of it. With breaks of 59, 58, 41, 63 and 31 Stephen Lee beat China's last ambassador at the German Masters 5-2.

Tomorrow the action continues with the last four matches of the Last 16 round and the quarter-finals.

Last 16

Mark Williams v. Stuart Bingham
Joe Perry v. Ronnie O'Sullivan
Matthew Stevens v. Neil Robertson
Mark Selby v. Graeme Dott

The quarter-finals

Williams/Bingham v. Stephen Lee
Perry/O'Sullivan v. Stevens/Robertson
Selby/Dott v. Shaun Murphy
Judd Trump v. Stephen Maguire
*all hours are UK time

TV coverage:
13:15 - 16:00 British EuroSport
19:30 - 22:30 British EuroSport

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