Price celebrates a fabulous comeback win (credit:Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)
Gerwyn Price battled back from 5-0 down to defeat Nathan Aspinall 10-6 for a place in the European Championship Quarter-Finals in Gottingen on Saturday, while Vincent van der Voort, Michael Smith and Jeffrey de Zwaan also progressed.
Grand Slam champion Price looked to be heading for a third consecutive televised defeat to Aspinall after losing the first five legs, only to reel off ten of the next eleven legs to clinch a magnificent victory.
The Welsh star landed seven maximums and averaged 103.8 in a sublime display at the Lokhalle to remain in the running for his second major title in the space of 12 months.
The former Rugby player admitted: “When you’re 5-0 down you just think to yourself ‘try to win a leg or two to make the score look decent.
“So when I got it back to 5-5 I didn’t even care about losing because I was just happy it was going to be a respectable score. I think the 132 to go 9-6 up won me the match.
“If Wales can win the Rugby World Cup semi-final tomorrow morning and I can win this tournament tomorrow night I will be a very happy man!”
After Price had won five legs on the spin to level the contest, Aspinall stopped the rot to regain the upper-hand.
The pivotal moment came in the 15th leg when, having already missed two darts to go within a leg of Price, Aspinall watched his opponent take out 132 on the bull to move within a leg of victory.
Price’s passage to the Last Eight was then complete as he converted double 12 to secure a memorable win.
He will now face Van der Voort on Sunday afternoon after the Dutchman punished Chris Dobey for 17 missed darts at doubles to secure a 10-5 win and progress to his first televised ranking Quarter-Final in four years.
Price produces stunning comeback to oust Aspinall at the European Championship
Gerwyn Price battled back from 5-0 down to defeat Nathan Aspinall 10-6 for a place in the European Championship Quarter-Finals…
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