Russians stage great escape

The Russians were heavily favoured heading into the group four tie and they took the early lead with Ksenia Polikarpova beating Ellinor Widh. 21-7 19-21 21-15. Mattias Borg levelled matters immediately though, getting the better of Vladimir Malkov 21-18 21-18.

Russia can went ahead after the women's doubles, with Ekaterina Bolotova and Evgeniya Kosetskaya battling past Emelie Fabbeke and Emma Wengberg 21-13 9-21 21-15.

Again the Swedish men kept their team in the running, this time it was the turn of Nico Ruponen and Filip Michael Duwall Myhren who pulled off a shock win over European Men’s Doubles champions Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov 21-18 21-19.

However, Russia would hit the front for one final, defining time, as Vitalij Durkin and Nina Vislova saw off Jonathan Nordh and Emelie Fabekke 21-18 23-21.

It was Sweden's second defeat of the day, having earlier lost out 4-1 to France in the morning session. The Swedes won just three games as Emilie Lefel and Ronan Labar led the way for the French.

The two matches originally scheduled to take place from Group Three were both abandoned, with Scotland and Germany handed walkovers after Spain withdrew from the competition earlier in the week.

In Group Two, Ireland beat Belgium 3-2, although the scoreline does not accurately reflect the dominance of the Irish who took the tie after winning the opening three matches.

In the only action from Group One, Netherlands made surprisingly light work of Poland, coming out 5-0 victors as the Poles managed to claim just one game.

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