The National Pool Team, composed of Jorge Tinoco (P. Ferreira), Henrique Correia and Manuel Pereira (both from Académica de Coimbra) failed on Wednesday night to have direct access to the semi-finals – and to guarantee now a medal. bronze, as a minimum – from the competition by Teams at the Senior European Championships (players over 40 years old) of this variant of billiards, taking place in Treviso (Italy), when losing to the host team, the ‘squadra azzurra’, by 0 -two.
Portugal started the afternoon in the Team competition, with 14 teams, beating Austria 2-1: Manuel Pereira beat Marcus Weicart 8-6, Henrique Correia conceded 6-7 to Michael Starck but the triumph of Jorge Tinoco – champion of the Europe of ‘Straight Pool’ (or ’14 +1 ‘), on Tuesday – gave the victory to the team of quinas, who played already in the night night access to the semi-finals with the host team.
Italy ended up winning 2-0, with Andrea Grosso beating Jorge Tinoco 7-2 and Gianluca Boni triumphing over Henrique Correia 7-4, with Manuel Pereira and Riccardo Sini being immediately suspended. the 6-6 marker.
The defeat does not take Portugal away from the dream of the podium and medals. In the repechages, they will face on Friday, the 3rd of the current month (16.30 local time, minus one in mainland Portugal), an opponent still to be designated – the winner of the meeting between Sweden and Germany.