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World Cup qualifying round up with Mario Balotelli and Robin van Persie both scoring twice

Super Mario continues scoring streak with two goals for Italy… and Van Persie moves above legend Cruyff in Dutch record books

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

23:49 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:59 GMT, 26 March 2013

Mario Balotelli continued his hot streak in front of goals with both goals in Italy's 2-0 win over Malta.

The former Manchester City striker struck a penalty home in the eighth minute before rounding off the win with a cheeky lob inside the area on the stroke of half-time.

The victory, which also saw keeper Gianluigi Buffon deny Malta's Michael Mifsud from the penalty spot, puts Italy three points clear of Bulgaria at the top of Group B.

All smiles: Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his second goal in Italy's 2-0 win over Malta, and in action (below)

All smiles: Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his second goal in Italy's 2-0 win over Malta, and in action (below)

MALTA, MALTA - MARCH 26: Mario Balotelli of Italy#9 and Gareth Sciberras of Malta compete for the ball during the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier match between Malta and Italy at Ta Qali Stadium on March 26, 2013 in Malta, Malta.

Meanwhile, Robin van Persie's season got even better as a brace in Holland's comfortable 4-0 win over Romania lifted him above Dutch legend Johann Cryuff in the national side's all-time scoring table.

Former Spurs midfielder Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring in the 11th minute, while after the break Van Persie struck twice, the second a penalty, and Jeremain Lens added a fourth in the final minute to leave the Netherlands seven points clear at the top of Group D.

Van Persie wasn't the only Premier League player starring in their national sides' win, as Chelsea's Eden Hazard netted the only goal of the game in Belgium's victory over Macedeonia.

Jubilation: Robin van Persie celebrates topping Johan Cryuff's scoring record, and with Arjen Robben (below)

Jubilation: Robin van Persie celebrates topping Johan Cryuff's scoring record, and with Arjen Robben (below)

RVP

The winger took the ball past two defenders before firing low with his left foot to cement his side's place at the top of Group A above Wales' conquerers Croatia.

Liverpool centre back Daniel Agger was also on target, salvaging Denmark a point against Bulgaria by converting from the spot to earn a 1-1 draw.

Watford's on-loan star Matej Vydra was another English-based player to score twice, setting the Czech republic well on their way to a 3-0 victory at Armenia before the visitors sealed the win through substitute Daniel Kolar.

On target: Chelsea's Eden Hazard scored Belgium's only goal in their triumph over Macedonia

On target: Chelsea's Eden Hazard scored Belgium's only goal in their triumph over Macedonia

In England's group, Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Khacheridi helped 10-man Ukraine edge to a 2-1 win over Moldova, who grabbed a late consolation through Alexandr Suvorov.

Robert Lewandowski scored two penalties either side of Lukasz Piszczek's strike, while Lukasz Teodorczyk and Jakub Kosecki were also on the scoresheet as Poland hammered San Marino 5-0.

On the up: Watford's Czech Republic striker Matej Vydra celebrates after scoring his second goal

On the up: Watford's Czech Republic striker Matej Vydra celebrates after scoring his second goal

Germany moved five points clear of Sweden at the top of Group C after their Borussia Dortmund connection inspired them to a 4-1 win over Kazakhstan.

Marco Reus was on target twice with Mario Gotze and Ilkay Gundogan also scoring for Joachim Low's men.

Top of the group: Marco Reus of Germany scores his team's fourth goal in their rout over Kazakhstan

Top of the group: Marco Reus of Germany scores his team's fourth goal in their rout over Kazakhstan

Greuther Furth's Heinrich Schmidtgal scored a consolation for the visitors, who caused Germany an unexpectedly high number of problems in the second half.

Stuttering Portugal also claimed a win, with second-half goals from Bruno Alves and Hugo Almeida sealing a 2-0 Group F victory at 10-man Azerbaijan.

Rafael Van der Vaart admits diving to get Robert Lewandowski sent off

Video: Former Spurs ace Van der Vaart admits diving to ensure Lewandowski sees red after wild kick

By
Dave Wood

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17:53 GMT, 10 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 10 February 2013

Rafael van der Vaart has admitted that he dived to ensure Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski was sent off after he aimed a wild kick at his teammate.

Play was stopped after Lewandowski followed through on Per Skejbred when aggressively challenging for a bouncing ball.

In the aftermath, the Netherlands midfielder went down after confronting Lewandowski, with the Poland international then given his marching orders.

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Target: Dortmund fans were unhappy with Rafael van der Vaart after an earlier incident involving Sebastian Kehl

Target: Dortmund fans were unhappy with Rafael van der Vaart after an earlier incident involving Sebastian Kehl

Target: Dortmund fans were unhappy with Rafael van der Vaart after an earlier incident involving Sebastian Kehl

'It was a fiery match,' Van der Vaart said. 'In the scene with
Lewandowski I had to do a bit of theatre.

'I had the feeling that he
would not otherwise have been sent off. It was a clear red card,' he
told reporters.

Hamburg were 2-1 up when Lewandowski was dismissed, and went on to win
4-1, but Van der Vaart dismissed the idea that the red card was key to
the victory.

'Ultimately we won the game because we were better,' he stated.

Boiling point: Vander Vaart squares up to Robert Lewendowski

Boiling point: Vander Vaart squares up to Robert Lewendowski

Boiling point: Vander Vaart squares up to Robert Lewendowski

The former Tottenham man was instrumental in the victory, with the HSV’s
sporting director Frank Arnesen singling him out for praise after the
match.

'You saw again today how important he is to our team. He had an excellent game.'

He drew the ire of Dortmund fans,
however, and was hit on the head with an object thrown from the stands
when he was taking a corner. Van der Vaart was unhurt.

Video: Lewandowski's wild kick

Real Madrid v Manchester United: Ruud van Nistelrooy says match will be decided by Cristiano Ronaldo or Robin van Persie

United v Real No, it's Ronaldo against Van Persie, insists legend Van Nistelrooy

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

16:57 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:25 GMT, 8 February 2013

Ruud van Nistelrooy believes the respective performances of Robin van Persie and Cristiano Ronaldo will be key to the outcome of the Champions League last-16 showdown between his former clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Van Nistelrooy, who spent five years at United before moving to Madrid in 2006 for a four-year spell at the Bernabeu, finds it impossible to pick a favourite between the two European superpowers and believes the tie will be settled by the 'smallest details'.

To that end he has singled out United hitman Van Persie and Madrid's former Old Trafford forward Ronaldo as the deciding factors.

Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo

Deadly: Robin van Persie

Star men: Cristiano Ronaldo (left) or Robin van Persie could decide the Champions League tie

'For me the difference will be the form of Cristiano and Van Persie. I think that one of these two players will make the difference,' Van Nistelrooy told Marca.

'Both teams are doing very well. I think Madrid have improved a lot in recent weeks. Taking away the Granada game (1-0 loss) I see a strong team, who played very well against Barca and who show their best in the big games.

'I think the tie will be decided by the smallest details.'

Split loyalty Ruud van Nistelrooy left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2006

Split loyalty Ruud van Nistelrooy left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2006

Split loyalty Ruud van Nistelrooy left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2006

What about me Wayne Rooney, who scored for England this week, has found a run of form

What about me Wayne Rooney, who scored for England this week, has found a run of form

The 36-year-old Dutchman feels Madrid, who are looking for a record 10th European Cup crown, boast more quality than Sir Alex Ferguson's side but has warned the Spanish giants that United's 'lethal' strikeforce of Van Persie and Wayne Rooney will take some stopping.

'I think they (Madrid) have more quality on the pitch. But United win and win every week. They trail 2-0 and fight back, they go 1-0 up and control the game.

'United are very much a team. They defend all together and then play for Van Persie and Rooney.

'Madrid, due to injuries, have not been able to create such a solid group and be able to repeat the same team every week.

'Pepe and Marcelo have been injured, (Gonzalo) Higuain and (Karim) Benzema haven't been doing well, (Angel) Di Maria doesn't always play…The injury to Iker (Casillas) doesn't help either because he's always there and very experienced.

Clinical: Ronaldo has an incredible scoring record for Real Madrid, who he joined for 82million from Manchester United

Clinical: Ronaldo has an incredible scoring record for Real Madrid, who he joined for 82million from Manchester United

The difference: Both Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini believe the addition of Van Persie has propelled United to the top

The difference: Both Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini believe the addition of Van Persie has propelled United to the top

'It will be a very interesting game.'

Asked what Madrid need to fear, Van Nistelrooy said: 'United don't need many chances to score. Give one to Van Persie and Rooney and it's going in. They don't miss. And the problem is that they always create something.

'They are a lethal pair.'

The first leg takes place at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Returning hero: Ronaldo will play against his former club for the first time since leaving in 2009

Returning hero: Ronaldo will play against his former club for the first time since leaving in 2009

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal ready to "spend big" in transfer window after paying off Emirates Stadium

Wenger delivers the news Arsenal fans have been waiting for… I'm ready to spend big now the stadium is paid off

By
Jim Van Wijk, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

16:59 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:06 GMT, 15 January 2013

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club are ready to 'spend big' again.

The Gunners slumped to a 2-0 home defeat by Manchester City on Sunday which saw them lose further ground on the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

Wenger insists Arsenal are in the market to bolster their squad during the January transfer window but will only do so if they can find the right quality.

Keeping watch: Arsene Wenger oversees training with assistant manager Steve Bould on Tuesday

Keeping watch: Arsene Wenger oversees training with assistant manager Steve Bould on Tuesday

The Gunners have been linked with a string of players across Europe, with Lyon playmaker Yoann Gourcuff and West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame the latest rumoured to be on Wenger's radar.

But he is also keen to have a core of players who are already at the club – like Barcelona – with a new contract for Theo Walcott expected to be pushed through shortly.

With Arsenal set to see new commercial deals kick in following their 390million move to the Emirates Stadium and with plenty of cash in reserve – resources which were further boosted by last summer's 24m sale of captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United – Wenger insists he will be able to invest heavily in the playing staff.

Jack Wilshere

Santi Cazorla

In training: Jack Wilshere (left) and Santi Cazorla will feature for Arsenal in their Cup replay against Swansea

'My plan is to keep all of the players we have and then to add maybe, if possible, two new players to the squad. We will spend big (again) because we had restricted finances because we had built the stadium and had to pay that back,' Wenger said in an interview with Al Jazeera Sport recorded before the City defeat and broadcast on talkSPORT this morning.

'You look at any club who has done that, and they have gone down (in performance).

'We stayed at the top level, yes without winning the Premier League, but we were always at the top level.

'Now we have come out in a much stronger position financially again, so we can spend.

'But our way is a bit like Barcelona as well, to produce the core of the team from inside and add from outside the players who give really a plus.'

Wenger accepts Arsenal will always be an easy target for those who claim the board put the balance sheet ahead of success on the pitch.

'The biggest challenge so far is to convince people we have a good team, that we have good quality and that we lead the club in the right way, because many people doubt that,' the Frenchman continued.

'I am convinced this team has a
fantastic mentality, fantastic quality and with the right level of
confidence, if we can create the momentum, we can be a positive surprise
until the end of the season.'

Wenger may have transformed Arsenal's fortunes since taking
over at Highbury in September 1996, but he accepts his time
will soon 'be up' as the club must one day look for new leadership.

No deal: Theo Walcott is yet to sign a new contract with Arsenal

No deal: Theo Walcott is yet to sign a new contract with Arsenal

Arsenal v Swansea: Team News

Arsenal will be without suspended defender Laurent Koscielny and injured midfielder Mikel Arteta (calf) for tomorrow's FA Cup third-round replay against Swansea at Emirates Stadium.

Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (calf) is also sidelined. Forward Gervinho is away at the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast.

Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Podolski, Cazorla, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Walcott, Mannone, Coquelin, Santos, Jenkinson, Diaby, Giroud, Arshavin.

'It is (time up), because I am 63 years old and will not work at 100. That, though, is not the most important, what is important is that when you are somewhere, you give your best,' said Wenger, whose side host Swansea in their FA Cup third-round replay tomorrow night, with Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla set to feature.

'How long will I stay I have a contract until 2014, and I always respected my contracts.

'It is important is that the club goes the right direction – we have a very young team who have fantastic qualities and (it is important) that I help them to get their qualities transformed into positive results.

'Let's not forget that last year we finished third (in the Premier League), as long as that is seen as a disaster, it is not too bad for the future of the club.'

Robin van Persie in Arsenal 2013 diary: Gunners fans fume

So what is Van Persie doing in Arsenal's official 2013 diary Fans see red over former striker's appearance

summer transfer window,’ said a spokesperson from stationary specialists Danilo, who make the diary.

Despite complaints, the diary is still available for 5 on the club website.

Phil Taylor hints he could quit darts after world championship final

Is the Power going out Tired Taylor hints he could be ready to take his final bow on the oche

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22:30 GMT, 31 December 2012

They may have been the words of a tired and cold-ridden man, but Phil Taylor threatened that he could be playing the final match of a darts career without equal at Alexandra Palace.

The Power, who takes on Holland’s new wonderkid Michael van Gerwen in the final of the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Championship, was disgusted by his behaviour after semi-final victory over Raymond van Barneveld on Sunday night.

An emotional Taylor mistook a Van Barneveld handshake for a provocative gesture and acted aggressively towards his friend and long-time rival in a sour finale to a thrilling match.

Shout bout: Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld clash on Sunday

Shout bout: Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld clash on Sunday

Ashamed: Taylor has apologised for his behaviour

Ashamed: Taylor has apologised for his behaviour

Disagreement: Taylor and Van Barneveld exchanged words as they left the stage

Disagreement: Taylor and Van Barneveld exchanged words as they left the stage

Tale of the tape

Taylor said: ‘I’m ashamed of myself and I feel terrible. I’ve texted Raymond and spoken to him and there is nothing else I can do, only apologise for it. It will never happen again.

‘I don’t care about darts at the minute. I know I’m in the final but I don’t feel excited or chuffed about it. I feel very down. I could just walk away tomorrow night and retire — go out on top. I’m a bit disillusioned about everything. Obviously I’m not feeling very well and I need a break.

‘To put the record straight, Raymond is a very strong lad and when he shook my hand and pulled me he hurt me a little bit. That was all it was and I reacted disgracefully.

Whatever the PDC decide, chuck the book at me, they can do whatever they want. I’m ashamed because I really like Raymond. It’s upset me.’

Is this the end Taylor was pushed all the way by Van Barneveld and says he needs a break

Is this the end Taylor was pushed all the way by Van Barneveld and says he needs a break

Winning feeling: Taylor shows his emotion after winning the semi-final

Winning feeling: Taylor shows his emotion after winning the semi-final

Whether or not Taylor is serious about retirement, he is not underestimating the task facing him if he is to claim a 16th world title tonight. Van Gerwen has been the star of this World Championship, bullying his opponents into submission with a scoring ability only Taylor has ever attained on a consistent basis.

Taylor added: ‘I’ve not seen a dart player like Michael in all my career. Only myself really. I think he’s the next one. His scoring, passion, his will to win, his aggression, Michael’s got the full package.

‘He’s phenomenal. He’s different to all the players I’ve seen and I’ve seen nearly four generations of players. Pretender to my crown He’s no pretender. For me to beat him is going to take a lot of concentration and a lot of effort. I can do it but it’s going to take a lot. I had a 109 average and lost to him the other week, but I can get him.’

The man of the moment: Michael van Gerwen is a player in form

The man of the moment: Michael van Gerwen is a player in form

Champion in waiting Van Gerwen beat two time champion Adrian Lewis and James Wade on the way to the final

Champion in waiting Van Gerwen beat two time champion Adrian Lewis and James Wade on the way to the final

Van Gerwen was just nine months old when Taylor claimed his first world title in 1990. Remarkably, he didn’t pick up a set of darts until he was 13, playing with friends at their homes in Boxtel, a small town near Eindhoven in southern Holland.

He turned professional four years later in 2006, recording a televised nine-dart finish and winning the World Masters at the age of 17. He has never been a respecter of reputations.

Van Gerwen said: ‘I don’t like watching darts. Even now, most of the times I don’t bother. I played Phil for the first time when I was 17. I knew nothing about him before that. It would be great if I could become world champion 10 years after playing for the first time.’

Phil Taylor apologises after ugly confrontation with Raymond van Barneveld

I reacted disgracefully! Taylor apologises after ugly confrontation with Barney

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11:42 GMT, 31 December 2012

Phil Taylor apologised for his ‘disgraceful’ behaviour after beating Raymond van Barneveld in the World Championship semi-final on Sunday.

‘The Power’, who will play Michael van Gerwen in the final, clashed with Barney after his 6-4 win at Alexandra Palace and the pair had to be separated by security guards.

‘I reacted disgracefully and I feel terrible,’ Taylor told Sky Sports.

‘I’m ashamed because I really like Raymond but he hurt me a little bit, that was all it was.

‘It was spur of the moment.’

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Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Clash: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head as they leave the stage

Clash: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head as they leave the stage

Taylor and Van Barneveld clash

Phil Taylor beats Raymond van Barneveld to reach world Championship final

Power surges: Taylor sets up final date with Van Gerwen after on-stage clash with Van Barneveld in semi-final

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08:03 GMT, 31 December 2012

Phil Taylor survived a fightback and an angry confrontation with one Dutchman on Sunday night but he will have to overcome the genius of another if he is to lift a 16th world title.

The Power’s eventual 6-4 semi-final victory over his one-time nemesis Raymond van Barneveld was a display of initial clinical efficiency which drifted into nervous hesitancy and a final eyes-bulging stand-off between the pair who required security guards to maintain an uneasy peace.

Taylor will need to add flamboyant brilliance if he is to beat Michael van Gerwen, judging by the heights reached by the 23-year-old in his 6-4 triumph over James Wade.

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Head to head: Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld clash at the end of their titanic battle

Clash: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head as they leave the stage

Clash: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head as they leave the stage

Taylor said: ‘Michael’s talent is the
best I’ve ever seen, even better than me at my peak. I’ve been studying
Michael’s game and he doesn’t even seem to look at his target. I’m
going to do everything on the dart board I can to beat him. I can’t beat
him playing like that.

'Nothing went on, none of us wanted to lose that. He was brilliant there. He stuck in there.
'I said to Raymond backstage, “there's nobody in this room who's a
bigger fan of you than I am”. We're not going to fall out about
anything. It's forgotten. It's done.'

He's done it! Taylor celebrates his win

He's done it! Taylor celebrates his win

Mixed emotions: Taylor reacts as he misses a dart to win the match

Mixed emotions: Taylor reacts as he misses a dart to win the match

Taylor admitted all had not gone
exactly to plan, saying: 'The crowd seemed to get behind him a bit. I
think the crowd wanted another Michael van Gerwen-James Wade match.

'I'm full of cold. I've got a
temperature. I'm shattered. I'm taking energy sweets. I should have gone
to the doctors to get some antibiotics. I'm trying anything to keep my
energy up.

Titanic tussle: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head

Titanic tussle: Taylor and Van Barneveld go head to head

Fightback: Van Barneveld came back to scare Taylor

Fightback: Van Barneveld came back to scare Taylor

'I've got a day off on Monday. I'm going to lie in bed most of the day. I'm shattered.'

Taylor displayed sustained scoring
power as he feasted upon the doubts in Van Barneveld’s head, checking
out 141 and 111 in successive legs. In the end it was sheer
determination not to go more than two years without a world title for
the first time in his career which carried him through.

World Darts Championship 2012: Phil Taylor powers into last eight

Taylor powers into last eight after demolition of Thornton at Ally Pally

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23:23 GMT, 23 December 2012

It was third time lucky for Phil Taylor as he got the better of his UK Open and World Grand Prix conqueror Robert Thornton on Sunday night in the World Darts Championship third round.

The 15-time world champion raced to a 4-0 win to book his place in the last eight is the last match before the Christmas break at Ally Pally.

Taylor made a good start to the match with a 12-dart finish and 131 checkout on his way to taking the opening set 3-1.

Powering through: Taylor was at his imperious best on Sunday

Powering through: Taylor was at his imperious best on Sunday

‘The Power’ then won the second set
3-0 before winning a pivotal deciding leg in the third set on Thornton’s
throw to take a three-set lead.

And Taylor checked out 81 to seal the final set as he romped past the UK Open winner and into the last eight.

He told Sky Sports: ‘Robert just seemed to be missing doubles but I’m glad because I can have a good Christmas now.’

Taylor will play Andy Hamilton for a place in the semi-finals after ‘The Hammer’ beat Terry Jenkins in a high-quality encounter.

It was a good start from Jenkins as he capitalised on Hamilton missing a 74 checkout to take the opening set.

Hammer time: Andy Hamilton beat Terry Jenkins

Hammer time: Andy Hamilton beat Terry Jenkins

But ‘The Bull’ missed chances to go
2-0 up and ‘The Hammer’ responded by taking four sets in a row to move
into the quarterfinals.

In Sunday’s second-round action, Dean Winstanley hit a stunning nine-dart finish but still lost 4-2 to Vincent van der Voort.

The Dutchman went 2-0 as he won the first six legs before Winstanley fought back with the perfect leg at 1-1 in the third set.

And Winstanley went on to take the set before winning the fourth set 3-0 to level at 2-2.

But The Dutch Destroyer took control again as he won the next two sets in deciding legs to seal his place in the third round.

Hair we go: Peter Wright sported an intriguing hairstyle

Hair we go: Peter Wright sported an intriguing hairstyle

Winstanley will pocket 15,000 for
his nine-dart finish should nobody else achieve the feat but that will
be scant consolation for ‘Over The Top’ as he will not be returning to
Ally Pally after Christmas.

Van der Voort’s fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen was in brilliant form as he came from two sets down to beat Peter Wright 4-2.

Van Gerwen started slow as he lost
the first set 3-1 and the second set 3-2 before steamrollering Wright
with an impressive display.

The Dutchman then won 12 of the next 14 legs and averaged 102.13 to set up a third-round tie with former world No 1 Colin Lloyd.

James Wade also qualified for the last 16 as he saw off a stiff challenge from Steve Beaton 4-2.

Dutch of class: Van Gerwen was in fine form

Dutch of class: Van Gerwen was in fine form

‘The Machine’ wasn’t at his best and
was twice pegged back but came through in six sets to set up a
third-round clash with Van der Voort on Thursday.

At two sets apiece, Wade produced a moment of magic to win the fifth set in a deciding leg as he checked out 130.

And Wade repeated the feat as he won the sixth set in a decider as well with a 120 checkout to seal his progress to the last 16.

Mark Walsh started the day with a 4-2 win over Justin Pipe to set up a third-round clash with Wes Newton.

The next action at Ally Pally will be
on Thursday after the three-day Christmas break when the remaining six
third-round matches take place, including Gary Anderson’s mouth-watering
tie against Raymond van Barneveld.

Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort advance in the World Darts Championship

Double-Dutch as Van Gerwen and Van der Voort advance with ease

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00:35 GMT, 21 December 2012

It was double Dutch on Thursday night as pre-tournament second favourite Michael van Gerwen and the rapid Vincent van der Voort booked their places in the last 32 of the World Darts Championship.

Van Gerwen beat veteran Paul Lim, who was the first man to hit a nine-dart finish at the PDC World Championships, 3-0 after Van der Voort saw off Stuart Kellett by the same scoreline on the last night of first-round action at Alexandra Palace.

58-year-old Lim held his own in the first set as he broke Van Gerwen’s throw twice but unfortunately he wasn’t as good on his own throw and the Dutchman won the deciding leg to move a set ahead.

Dutchman Michael van Gerwen is through to the next round of the World Darts Championship after beating Paul Lim of Singapore

Dutchman Michael van Gerwen is through to the next round of the World Darts Championship after beating Paul Lim of Singapore

It was far from fluent from Van Gerwen, though, and he was fortunate Lim let him off the hook with missed doubles in the second leg of set two to leave the score at 1-1.

But the man from Holland hit double top to break in the third leg before closing out the set 3-1 as he marched towards victory.

The man from Singapore stuck with Van Gerwen throughout the third set as the Dutchman struggled to finish the veteran off, but an 80 checkout in the deciding leg sealed the win for Van Gerwen against a battling Lim.

Lim was the first man to ever record a nine darter on live television, 22 years ago

Lim was the first man to ever record a nine darter on live television, 22 years ago

Van der Voort was on the Ally Pally stage before Van Gerwen and The Dutch Destroyer had no problems in despatching Kellett.

The match started with three consecutive breaks, as both players struggled to hit doubles, with Van der Voort ahead 2-1.

The Dutchman then closed out the first set in leg four with a 76 checkout to win it 3-1.

The second set, in similar fashion to the first, started with back-to-back breaks before both players then held their throw to take it to a fifth and deciding leg.

The Dutch Destroyer Vincent van der Voort (pictured) had no problems despatching Stuart Kellett (below)

The Dutch Destroyer Vincent van der Voort (pictured) had no problems despatching Stuart Kellett (below)

Stuart Kellett

Kellett was the first to get a shot at a double but he missed twice at double 18 which allowed Van der Voort to checkout 60 and move two sets ahead.

Mark Walsh beat Darren Webster to set up a second round tie with Justin Pipe

Mark Walsh beat Darren Webster to set up a second round tie with Justin Pipe

The Dutch Destroyer then raced into a 2-0 lead in the third set as he closed in on victory. Kellett hit an 84 checkout in the next set but it was little more than a final act of defiance as Van der Voort hit double top, albeit at the fourth attempt, to seal victory.

Scott Rand also booked his place in the second round as he beat last year’s quarter-finalist Kim Huybrechts 3-2 at Alexandra Palace.

Rand rallied from 2-1 down against his Belgian opponent to set up a last-32 clash against Wes Newton on Saturday night.

Huybrechts started the final set by wasting three chances to take a 1-0 lead but Rand couldn’t make him pay and the Belgian returned and checked out double nine.

But Rand came straight back to level and then hit a 90 checkout in the next leg against the throw to take him to the brink of victory before a double 16 checkout in leg four sealed the win.

DAY SEVEN RESULTS

Mark Walsh 3-1 Darren Webster
Kim Huybrechts 2-3 Scott Rand
Vincent van der Voort 3-0 Stuart Kellett
Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Paul Lim

In Thursday’s other contest, Mark Walsh beat Darren Webster 3-1 in the first match of the evening to set up his second-round tie with Justin Pipe.

Friday sees round two at Ally Pally get underway with a double session. Andy Hamilton, Dave Chisnall and Gary Anderson are all in action during the afternoon session before Phil Taylor headlines the evening’s play.

Terry Jenkins takes on three-time world champion John Part in the standout tie of the second round.

Scott Rand rallied from 2-1 down to beat the Belgian Kim Huybrechts 3-2

Scott Rand rallied from 2-1 down to beat the Belgian Kim Huybrechts 3-2