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Defending champion Allen pots cue ball in tense decider
2019 Dafabet Masters
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: 13-20 January
Protection: Watch reside throughout BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Purple Button, Linked TV, the BBC Sport web site and cellular app.

Reigning champion Mark Allen is out of the Masters following a 6-5 defeat by world quantity 14 Luca Brecel within the match’s opening match in London.

The Northern Irishman trailed 3-1 on the mid-session interval at Alexandra Palace however levelled with a 136 break.

However Belgian Brecel, 23, hit again with a 140 in a high-quality match that additionally noticed seven half-century breaks.

World quantity six Allen knocked in a 99 to stage at 5-5 however an error within the decider allowed Brecel to advance.

Allen, 32, knocked a pink right into a center pocket however the cue ball cannoned off the inexperienced into the other pocket.

“It was so powerful to recover from the road within the final body, however I managed to play just a few safeties and [Allen] made a mistake,” Brecel, who strikes into the quarter-finals, advised BBC Sport.

“Final yr, I used to be at all times doing the fitting issues however perhaps not making an attempt onerous sufficient.

“This yr, I stated to my girlfriend and my dad and mom that 2019 was going to be a brand new mindset, devoted, simply snooker and nothing else.

“It is working and I’ve have been taking part in effectively the previous few months.”

Allen, from Antrim, received three titles final yr, together with his maiden Triple Crown title when he beat Kyren Wilson in final yr’s Masters last.

He narrowly missed the prospect to win a second Triple Crown trophy in December when he was defeated by Ronnie O’Sullivan within the UK Championship last.

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