Europe fight back for partypoker Mosconi Cup lead

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Team USA 5-1 Team Europe
Van Boening/Styer 5-4 Feijen/Kaci
Billy Thorpe 0–5 Joshua Filler
Woodward/Bergman 1-5 Kazakis/Shaw
Justin Bergman 3–5 Jayson Shaw

Team Europe overturned a 2-0 deficit with a string of dominant performances to lead Team USA 3-2 after the opening day of play in the partypoker Mosconi Cup at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center, live on Sky Sports and DAZN.

USA had won the team match and the first doubles as Shane van Boening and Tyler Styer beat Eklent Kaci and Niels Feijen. Joshua Filler fired back emphatically for Europe, beating Billy Thorpe 5-0 before Alex Kazakis and Jayson Shaw were 5-1 victors over Skyler Woodward and Justin Bergman. Shaw and Bergman remained at the table for a singles clash, in which the Scot ran out a 5-3 winner to give his side the lead.

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Europe won the opening rack of the first match, but USA then took the next five for the point. Shaw, however, was unhappy in the fourth when he was convinced that Bergman had fouled the 9-ball when trying to escape a safety. The decision went to the video reply but no foul was called and 32-year-old Bergman, making his first partypoker Mosconi Cup appearance since 2016, took the rack for a 3-1 US lead. His Scottish opponent was left reeling at the call which meant he didn’t have the opportunity to level at 2-2.

The home lead was extended to 2-0 after Van Boening and Styer teamed up to defeated Feijen and Kaci 5-4. The first four racks went with the break until Styer missed a routine 4 in the fifth, allowing Europe to steal. Feijen, however, errored himself in the next and parity was restored when the US pair pounced after the Dutchman had hit the 1-ball thick, leaving it hanging over the pocket.

Both teams then took advantage of their next break for the first hill-hill match of the tournament. USA had won the lag but couldn’t make the 1. Feijen had a down table pot but missed, allowing Styer and Van Boening to clear and double USA’s advantage.

“I am happy to get the win there,” said Styer. “I missed a ball which isn’t acceptable at this level so they will be pretty hurt that we could still win a match like that. We want to win every match if possible. We have to make up for the years where we have lost.”

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Europe may have been two down, but they had their trump card to play next. Since missing out on last year’s Mosconi Cup, 2017 MVP Joshua Filler has become World Champion, US Open Champion and the undisputed World No.1.

He was walking next, to face Thorpe, who won the lag but scratched on the break. That allowed the German to lead, an advantage which he doubled off his own break. Rack three saw Thorpe lose the cue ball on the break again and Filler wasted no time in making it 3-0.

It was soon 4-0 as Filler ran out his next rack. Breaking to stay in it, Thorpe avoided the scratch but his lack of table time was evident as he missed the 3. The European crowd finally found its voice, singing Filler’s name as he completed a 5-0 whitewash to get the visitors on the board.

The away side dominated the next match, too, as Shaw and Alexander Kazakis took a 5-1 win over Bergman and Woodward, setting it up for what was anticipated to be an epic closer between Bergman and Shaw.

2019 Mosconi Cup XXVI - DAY 1 Alex Kazakis and Jayson Shaw

The Scot took the lead after a Bergman scratch handed control to the European, and off his own break Shaw made it 2-0. The lead was extended further after a poorly executed jump by Bergman, and Shaw took advantage of his own break for a second time to make it 4-0.

Bergman was on the board when he broke and ran the fifth and he had the home support on their feat as he took the sixth to cut Shaw’s lead to 4-2. The Illinois man was breaking next and ran out to crank up the pressure on his opponent. But pressure wasn’t a factor for Shaw, who ran his rack to give Europe the overnight lead.

“I have felt good all day but the butterflies have been there so I had to try and keep myself calm and composed,” said Shaw. “We didn’t start off great and they played well in the first match and in the doubles.

“Going 2-0 down, Josh had to go out and perform and I knew I had to go out and perform in those last two matches. There was a lot of pressure there but we play all year for this. Even though we are nervous we still get down and knock the balls in. It is great in here. The fans are going crazy. It is good to have USA on one side and the European support on the other.”

2019 Mosconi Cup XXVI - DAY 1 Jayson Shaw

2019 莫斯考尼盃在Mandalay Bay賭場度假村的會議中心結束第一日賽程。歐洲隊以一連串優異表現從2-0落後,最終扳回逆轉以3-2領先美國隊結束首日賽程。

歐洲隊在首場團隊賽中拿下第一局後,連丟五局,最終美國隊以5-1拿下。接下來的雙打賽由Van BoeningStyer對上FeijenKaci的組合。身為地主的美國隊以2-0領先。前4局雙方2-2平手,Styer在第五局4號球的失誤讓歐洲隊抓到機會,但歐洲隊並未能把握,在Feijen的一記失誤之下,也讓美國隊5-4贏得勝利並取得2-0的領先。

第三點的單打由Joshua Filler出戰Billy ThorpeThorpe在頭兩次的衝球都發生母球落袋的情況,這也使Filler取得3-0優勢,並很快來到4-0的聽牌。Thorpe在第五局中母球雖避免再次洗袋,但卻在3號球上發生失誤,被Filler以5-0剃光頭。為歐洲隊拿下首點。

歐洲隊在ShawKazakis以5-1輕取BergmanWoodward後,雙方以2-2平手。最後一場的單打由Jayson Shaw碰上Bergman,Shaw憑藉著Bergman母球洗袋再加上一記失敗的跳球犯規並把握住自己衝球局的情況下,將比分帶到4-0的聽牌。Bergman雖連追三局,但最終仍以3-5不敵Shaw

Shaw於賽後說到: “我感覺今天的狀況很不錯,比賽的緊張感一直都在,我必須努力讓自己保持冷靜。這裡非常棒,球迷們非常瘋狂,而我覺得美國隊與歐洲的的支持者各站一邊是件好事。”

Play continues at 11am PT on Tuesday with five more matches including the ‘Fans’ Choice’ match to open the day.

The 2019 partypoker Mosconi Cup is partnered by Rasson Billiards who supplies the Official Table; the cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and Saluc is the Official Ball Provider. Predator is the Official Cue of the event, Kamui the Official Chalk and Tip and Ultimate Team Gear provide all partypoker Mosconi Cup apparel. CSI is the official sponsor of Team USA and Just Eat sponsor Team Europe.