Darts World Cup: Max Hopp and Gabriel Clemens win in the “Hexenkessel” – darts

“It was a cauldron for everyone involved.”

Darts professional Max Hopp (25) after beating Canada.

★★★

Relief in Jena!

Darts Germany celebrates the Team World Cup with Hopp and Gabriel Clemens (38), who are in the 2nd round of the World Cup of Darts 2021.

Photo: DAZN

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There they are in each other’s arms: Clemens and Hopp after the match dartsPhoto: DAZN

In front of the great home atmosphere in Jena, the German arrow stars show their nerves at first, but win against Jeff Smith and Matt Campbell (“Ginga Ninja”) 5: 3 in the end.

At 10:09 p.m. Hopp turned the 1st match dart into double 20. A feat of strength in nerves!

Hopp: “We are people. We both already have the Ally Pally (World Cup cult venue in London, ed.) experienced in front of a full hut, but personally I haven’t played in front of spectators for a long time. Nerves are part of it. “

The scene of the game is indicative of this: With a score of 2: 2, Hopp has 48 points remaining – and misses the board on the first try.

Clemens: “You’re not really happy as a teammate. But he agreed. ”With his second and third arrows, he sets it to 3: 2 (the winner needs five legs).

Hopp loosely: “Whoever scores is right. I’m not ashamed of it. ”Then they get their game – and their nerves – under better control.

Great atmosphere in the Sparkassen-Arena in Jena! German darts fans celebrate “Oh how is that nice” even before the match. Hopp even sings the hymn softly on stage.

When asked by BILD, he reveals: “Maybe I used it to cover up the nervousness.”

The game starts with a few double mistakes in the German team, with the 1: 1 leg equalization, Hopp clenches his fist for the first time.

No question: After the great semi-finals last year, the pressure in front of your own audience is great. The relief is all the greater. Germany meets Japan on Saturday evening.

Clemens: “We will try to pick up the mood – and we will approach it seriously. We are certainly favorites. “

The two arrow stars continue in the evening session (from 7 p.m. / DAZN).

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