Power out as Phil Taylor is beaten at World Darts Championship

16-time champion Phil Taylor walks off stage after his quarter-final exit

16-time champion Phil Taylor walks off stage after his quarter-final exit

Jelle Klaasen stunned world number three Phil Taylor to book a place in the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championship.

Having earlier missed the chance to move 3-1 ahead, Dutchman Klaasen had one dart to hit double 18 and knock out the 16-time World Champion but he missed and Taylor took advantage to tie things up at 3-3.

Taylor looked in charge of the deciding set as he moved two legs ahead, but the world number 19 was not done and roared back to win the tie-break 4-2 and claim a 4-3 victory to set up a clash with Alan Norris, whose fairytale Alexandra Palace debut continued earlier in the day as he saw off Mark Webster in five sets.

Klaasen told Sky Sports 3: "I almost gave that away. You know you can't miss against Phil.

"I never gave up and I still felt I could win the game so I'm over the moon."

After praising Klaasen for his performance, Taylor said: "Do you want me to be honest? I'm not fit enough, I'm not mentally right.

"I've got over this year now. I'm getting divorced in February – it's well publicised – so next year I can push on."

Peter Wright won an incredible seven-set thriller in a dramatic tie-break at the expense of Dave Chisnall to book his place in the last eight.

Last year's runner-up, who will now face double world champion Adrian Lewis, eventually took the final set 6-4 after Chisnall had missed a dart for the match.

Wright hit 14 180s and had an average of 103.69, while Chisnall had nine maximums with an average of 102.26 and hit a 160 finish in the third set.

In the decider, Chisnall missed double 16 to win the match 4-2, allowing Wright to draw level at 3-3 but the final set went to 10 legs, with Wright landing a double six to progress.

There will be no play on December 31, with the quarter-finals being held on New Year's Day across two sessions.

The Saturday View – Boos for Van Gaal

More concerns for Louis van Gaal

More concerns for Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was forced to listen to more boos from the Old Trafford faithful as his side drew yet another blank in their 0-0 draw against West Ham.

While this goal less stalemate could hardly be described as a boring affair, the final out come meant United missed another chance to keep pace with the Premier League leaders after another 0-0 draw on home soil.

United have now kept six clean sheets in a row at Old Trafford, but they have only scored three goals in that run of fixtures and Van Gaal offered this defence of his team after the game.

“We have to score, we don’t score. That’s our problem," said Van Gaal, as he stated the obvious once more.

"You have to finish. You have to score goals otherwise you can’t win.

“We have to be happy about the second half performance from Manchester United, but there is an aspect we have to improve a lot. We don’t score.”

Just totted up #MUFC's 0-0 draws in a season and a bit under Van Gaal. Ten. That's a lot. But it feels like 48. Either way, it's so so dull

— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) December 5, 2015

United's latest disappointment was made all the more acute as they failed to take advantage of another slip from their local rivals Manchester City, as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Stoke.

This was another of those limp City displays that are undermining their title bid and keeper Joe Hart offered few excuses after the game.

"We fully deserved to lose," admits @MCFC goalkeeper Joe Hart following 2-0 defeat by @stokecity. #STKMCI https://t.co/cRXJ3IzMqq

— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) December 5, 2015

The record breaking scoring run of Leicester's Jamie Vardy came to an end, yet his side continued their stunning form as aRiyad Mahrez secured a 3-0 win at Swansea and fired the Foxes back to the top of the Premier League.

Deflated Swansea boss Garry Monk admitted his side need to arrest their slump quickly, with rumours sweeping through the game on Saturday night suggesting he could now face the axe.

Arsenal are level with Leicester at the top of the Premier League after they beat a spirited Sunderland team 3-1, with Olivier Giroud scoring a both ends in an eventful game at Emirates Stadium.

Tottenham were left frustrated as they could only draw at West Browmich Albion, while Watford impressive form continued as they secured a 2-0 win against Norwich and bottom club Aston Villa picked up a point against a struggling Southampton side.