The Slovenian table tennis team lost in the round of 16 at the World Team Championship in Chengdu. With 3:0, Portugal was better favored.
Deni Kožul, Darko Jorgić and Peter Hribar lost their matches and won three sets together.
Kožul (155th) played first against the best-ranked Portuguese in the International Table Tennis Federation’s rankings, Marcos Freitas (33rd), and lost 1:3 (-8, -6, 9, -7).
Jorgić, the eighth ranked player in the world, was surprisingly defeated by Joao Geraldo 3:2 (-6, 11, 4, -9, -8). However, Hrastničan took a 2:1 lead in the sets, after making quick work of the Portuguese, who is ranked 49th in the ITTF rankings, in the third, and then his rival won the remaining set to lead 2:0.
The last point for the Portuguese was won by Joao Monteiro (83rd), who beat Petr Hribar (321st) 3:0 (-9, -10, -3).
Portugal will face Japan in the quarter-finals, which also beat Brazil 3-0 on Wednesday.
The Slovenian national team, which played in Chengdu without coach Andreja Ojsteršek Urh, who was infected with covid-19, fulfilled the basic goal after advancing to the knockout stages after finishing second in Group 1.