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Diogo Portela celebrates with tears after beating Steve Beaton

Diogo Portela celebrates with tears after beating Steve Beaton

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Diogo Portela celebrates with tears after beating Steve Beaton

Unfancied Diogo Portela let his emotions flow at the Alexandra Palace after stunning stalwart Steve Beaton to win his first ever match at the World Darts Championship.

The Brazilian had lost his first match in all three of his previous visits to the Palace, but on this occasion he pulled out an incredible performance, dominating the first-round clash to win 3-0 against Beaton, who was competing in his 30th consecutive World Championship.

After he won, Portela couldn't hold in his emotions, bursting into tears on stage and receiving a standing ovation from the 1,000 fans allowed in, before admitting that it was an unexpected ending to a very tough year.

"I don't know where that came from, to be honest. Practicing at home I couldn't average above 75. It was a nightmare, I was switching darts all the time, switching techniques, so I don't know what happened tonight," said Portela, who will face Glen Durrant in the next round.

"It was special tonight, it will be in my heart and my mind forever. It's my fourth time in here, and to beat someone like Steve is just fantastic.

"I've been through so much this year. My personal life was a nightmare, this lockdown was not good for me. I've lost so many people near me.

"I was thinking about quitting darts, but to top off the year like that with the crowd behind me, that's just the start for me."

In the day's other first-round ties, Irishman Keane Barry lost 3-1 to Jeff Smith to bow out early, while Steve West whitewashed Amit Gilitwala 3-0 but then lost 3-1 to defending champion Peter Wright in the second round.

Belfast Telegraph


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