Europe leads the USA 7-1 trailing at the halfway point of the Mosconi Cup after winning three of four matches at Alexandra Palace on Thursday; Albin Ouschan defeated Tyler Styer 5-0 in the final game of a one-sided night – watch day three on Sky Sports Arena from 6.30pm, Friday
Last Updated: 07/12/23 11:17pm
Team Europe needs just four points to win the 2023 Mosconi Cup after another dominant performance against Team USA at Alexandra Palace.
The home side swept the opening night 4-0 in London and extended their advantage on the second night to 7-1 in the race to 11 as they seek a fourth consecutive victory in the tournament.
Albin Ouschan’s 5-0 sweep of Tyler Styer in Thursday’s final fixture means Europe hold a record-equalling six-point advantage heading into the third night of four, which is live on Sky Sports Arena from 6:30 on Friday.
USA Russian-born cueist Fedor Gorst lost his opening two matches on Thursday – 5-2 to Josh Filler and 5-4 to reigning world champion Franciso Sanchez Ruiz – as Europe went 6-0 ahead. .
The visitors finally got their first point at the seventh time of asking when Gorst and Shane Van Boening beat Filler and Sanchez Ruiz 5-4 in the doubles but Ouschan then got past Styer in quick time.
Team USA still has a slim chance of winning for the first time since the 2019 edition – they lost in Coventry in 2020 and Alexandra Palace in 2021 before losing in Las Vegas last year – but need a big comeback in two nights left. .
What a night both happened
Filler raced to a 4-0 lead over Gorst and although his opponent cut his deficit to 4-2, Filler won the next rack.
Gorst came right back for the fight, taking on Sanchez Ruiz in a nip-and-tuck affair, and seemed on the verge of securing a delayed first point for the USA in the deciding rack only to miss seven ball , allowing Sanchez Ruiz to clear.
The USA’s first point came in the next game through a combination of Gorst and Van Boening but Europe increased their advantage to 7-1 as Ouschan made light work of Styer.
Day two of the Mosconi Cup – Europe 7-1 USA
- A game: Joshua Filler 5-2 Fedor Gorst
- Second game: Francisco Sanchez Ruiz 5-4 Fedor Gorst
- Third match: Joshua Filler/Francisco Sanchez 4-5 Shane van Boening/Fedor Gorst
- Fourth game: Albin Ouschan Tyler Styer is 5-0
First day of the Mosconi Cup – Europe 4-0 USA
- A game: Team Europe 5-4 Team USA
- Second game: Jayson Shaw and Albin Ouschan 5-2 Shane Van Boening and Tyler Styer
- Third game: Joshua Filler 5-0 Skyler Woodward
- Fourth game: Francisco Sanchez Ruiz and David Alcaide 5-3 Fedor Gorst and Shane Wolford
What’s next for the Mosconi Cup?
Three singles and two doubles matches will follow on Friday, with up to five singles matches on the final day on Saturday.
Watch every match live on Sky Sports Arena from 6:30pm daily – o stream NOW.