Historic win for Portugal table tennisPhoto: Courtesy FPTM
First match and first victory for any Portugal’s team in the TTCLM: Pontoise – Sporting 1:3
Sporting Clube de Portugal debuted in the Table Tennis Champions League Men in a superb style, beating away two times TTCLM winner AS Pontoise Cergy 3:1. This match, held Thursday night (Sep 28th), saw for the very first time any Portugal`s club in this prestigious competition.
Sporting upset 2014 and 2016 TTCLM champions, thanks to Joao MONTEIRO who beat both Can AKKUZU and his teammate from Portugal`s National Team Marcos FREITAS, while the third point came from Diogo CARVALHO against Niagol STOYANOV. African champion Aruna QUADRI lost to FREITAS in the opening encounter.
AS Pontoise Cergy – Sporting Clube de Portugal 1:3
Marcos FREITAS - Quadri ARUNA 3:0 (11:5, 11:9, 11:8)
Can AKKUZU - Joao MONTEIRO 2:3 (2:11, 15:13, 6:11, 11:6, 8:11)
Niagol STOYANOV – Diogo CARVALHO 2:3 (11:4, 9:11, 10:12, 11:5, 5:11)
Marcos FREITAS – Joao MONTEIRO 1:3 (5:11, 9:11, 11:9, 12:14)