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UK Championship 2021: Hossein Vafaei seals stunning upset over world champion Mark Selby in remarkable frame


World number one Mark Selby suffered a brutal second-round defeat at the UK Championship to Iran’s Hossein Vafaei on Sunday.

Vafaei dominated 5-0 before Selby clawed two frames back in the latter stages to suffer an overall 6-2 defeat.

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The eighth frame proved to be a dramatic affair with Selby looking on course for the frame before going in off when potting the black, forcing a respot.

A tense safety battle ensued before Vafaei fluked the black into the middle pocket whilst trying to play safe.

‘I tried to play it safe!’ – Vafaei confesses match-winning shot was a fluke

Selby is the latest top player to be ousted from the tournament after Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy were defeated in the first round by amateur players John Astley and Si Jiahui.
Earlier in the day, Judd Trump beat Chris Wakelin 6-3 in a well-fought battle to advance to the third round.

The tournament continues on Monday with the third round at York Barbican.

‘Thoroughly deserved to win the match’ – Selby hails Vafaei after shock

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You can stream the 2021 UK Championship live and on demand on discovery+ and watch all the action live via Eurosport and at eurosport.co.uk

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