This Wednesday, the Portuguese men’s table tennis team confirmed its favoritism and made its debut in the European team championship with a 3-0 triumph over Turkey, in group E of the event taking place in Cluj, Romania .
The success of the Portuguese, 10th in the world ranking over the 63rd in the same hierarchy, was consummated with three triumphs for the same result, 3-1.
Tiago Apolónia beat Ibrahim Gunduz by 11-8, 11-4, 9-11 and 11-4, Marcos Freitas overcame Abdullah Yigenler by 11-9, 11-6, 7-11 and 11-4, while João Monteiro He to Tugay Yilmaz 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, and 11-6.
Marcos Freitas is the 24th athlete in the world ranking, Tiago Apolónia 59th and João Monteiro 81st, while Ibrahim Gunduz is 169th, Abdullah Yigenler 205th and Tugay Yilmaz 1518th.
On Thursday, Portugal has a more complicated challenge, against Denmark, 23rd in the international hierarchy, and whose strongest players are Jonathan Groth (32nd), Anders Lind (83rd) and Tobias Rasmussen (208th). .).
The women’s team, which on Tuesday beat Croatia 3-1, has a more complicated challenge, against Hungary: in case of victory, the Portuguese advance to the quarter-finals of the European Championship.
Fu Yu (47th), Shao Jieni (62nd), Rita Fins (729th) and Inês Matos (764th) play for Portugal, while the Magyars play with Georgina Pota (52th), Dora Madarasz (64th), Mercedes Nagyvaradi (287th) and Leila Imre (614th).