Spain and Indonesia March On
India and Australia on Way Home
SPAIN, the 13th seeds at this year’s PartyCasino.net World Cup of Pool advanced to the second round as they overcame Australia 8-3 at the SM Mall North Annex as the pairing of David Alcaide and Rafael Guzman had too much for the seasoned Aussie duo of Greg Jenkins and Louis Condo.
The Australians had never won a match at the World Cup before and that miserable run continued despite them taking the opener. Spain took the next two games before Condo over-screwed the cueball down table and into the pocket to give the Spaniards ball-in-hand.
That advanced the score to 3-1 and looking in complete control, that soon became 4-1. They shared the next two before a Guzman mistake let the Aussies back in and at 5-3 down, they were back in it.
The next game was filled with errors with the last, a miss on the 8 ball from Condo, putting Spain right back in command. They secured the next two racks to take the match and set up a last 16 clash with either England or Malaysia.
In the fourth match of the tournament, the happy-go-lucky Indonesian pair of Muhammad Simanjuntak and Muhammad Zulfikri had too much for India as they came out 8-3 winners in front of a full crowd at the Mall.
The Indian pair never really settled while the Indonesians rode their luck as they romped to victory.
Simanjuntuak said afterwards “I liked this match and we’re very confident in this tournament. I know India played well, especially Raj Hundal, but maybe this score was a good one. This is a big tournament, this is the World Cup and everyone in our country would be happy if we win this.”
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