World Championship final LIVE: Selby and Brecel battle it out for glory

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The World Snooker Championship will be won by either Mark Selby or Luca Brecel after they emerged from titanic semi-final clashes on Saturday.

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‘A mind-game’ – Brecel admits final against Selby will be ‘difficult’


Brecel etched his name in Crucible folklore when he came back from nine frames behind to claim a stunning 17-15 victory over Si Jiahui.
Then, later on Saturday, Selby held his nerve to hold off a Mark Allen fightback in the other semi-final, also prevailing by a score of 17-15 after a drama-filled, late night affair.

The final pits the world No. 2 Selby against the world No. 10 in a best-of-35 encounter across two days and four sessions.

Brecel is relishing being the underdog.

“I think I’m ready for it,” he told Eurosport.

“It is difficult and it’s going to be a mind game. If I stay focused the whole game then I’m going to have a chance, but if I lose focus, he’s going to run away with it.

“For me, it’s completely new, but he has been here so many times before. I’m going to be the underdog, but I’ve been the underdog in nearly every game I’ve played in this tournament, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Exclusive: O’Sullivan breaks down Brecel’s ‘best chance of winning’ against ‘ultimate test’ Selby

Ronnie O’Sullivan has said Brecel faces “the ultimate test” when he takes on Selby, but has exclusively broken down to Eurosport the Belgian’s best chance of beating the four-time world champion.

“Yeah, the ultimate test really, you know, two days, four sessions, final of the World Championship,” he began.

“Selby’s proven. It is going to be fun. Last time they played, I think Selby really gave him a good beating in the English Open final, but I think Luca would have learned from that and try to ensure that doesn’t happen again.

O’Sullivan predicted more exacting play from Selby, saying: “Selby’s going to try and shut up shop and try and keep Luca under wraps.

“Luca’s got to try and not allow that to happen. It will happen, but he’s got to try and limit the amount of time that it happens and just try and impose his own game.

“That’s his best chance of winning. Not saying he can’t win if it goes tight, but his best chance of winning is getting amongst the balls, scoring, building up momentum, putting lots of pressure on Selby.”

O’Sullivan believes that Brecel certainly has a chance, saying: “Listen, anything can happen, you know, snooker’s very fickle.

“Mark could wake up, have a headache, not feel great on the first day. Anything can happen.”

The final schedule


Sunday 30 April



Monday 1 May



O’Sullivan unsure how Si will feel after losing five consecutive frames

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