Michael van Gerwen and Danny Noppert reached the quarterfinals at the European Championship darts in Salzburg on Saturday.

Van Gerwen was too strong for James Wade 10-4 in legs, while Noppert beat Ryan Searle 10-4.

The 32-year-old Van Gerwen shot from the starting blocks and, after a 2-0 lead, also ran smoothly to 5-1.

With that, the difference with Wade, who won the tournament in 2018 and lost the final last year, had already been made.

Van Gerwen also kept Wade well behind in the rest of the match and did not run into any more problems.

At 9-4, the Brabanter finished it off with an 80 finish.

For a place in the semi-finals, Van Gerwen will play against Gerwyn Price, the number one in the world, on Sunday afternoon.

The Welsh darts player was far too strong for Adam Gawlas earlier in the evening with 10-3.

Van Gerwen is chasing his second tournament win of 2021 at the European Championship. The Dutchman, who became European champion four times in a row between 2014 and 2017, was the best at the Nordic Darts Masters a month ago.

Danny Noppert is currently in good shape.

Danny Noppert is currently in good shape.

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Noppert goes far again at major tournament

Thirty-year-old Noppert started his match against Searle, who surprisingly defeated Michael Smith in the opening round on Friday.

He won the first two legs, but the Englishman then broke the Dutchman back and tied the score again: 2-2.

It was not until the eighth leg that Noppert's decision followed, who was again particularly effective on his doubles with a finish percentage of 66.

He broke the #27 of the PDC Order of Merit for the 3-5 and then went on to go out to a 4-10 win.

In the quarterfinals on Sunday, Noppert will face fifth-seeded Nathan Aspinall, who defeated Damon Heta in the second round 10-6 in legs.

Noppert is currently in very good shape.

The number 22 in the world reached the semi-finals of the prestigious World Grand Prix more than a week ago, partly due to a victory over Van Gerwen in the first round.

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