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Europe in fight back at second round of Sevi trophy

CONTINENTAL Europe fought back to lead two of the five fourball matches against Great Britain and Ireland during the early stages of the second round of the Vivendi Seve Trophy at St-Nom-La-Breteche.

GB&I led 4-1 overnight and were in dominant mood with captain Paul McGinley deciding to stick with his pairings from the opening day as he looked to press home the early advantage.

However, Peter Hanson and Alexander Noren started strongly and looked to dominate their round against English pair Robert Rock and Ian Poulter

The Continental Europe pairing went three up after eight holes, Noren shooting birdies on the second, fourth and fifth holes with Swedish Ryder Cup star Hanson going one under on the par three third to put them into a strong position.

However, Rock pegged them back with a good birdie on the sixth to stay in touch.

Nicolas Colsaerts and Matteo Manassero were two up after six holes against Great Britain and Ireland pair Scott Jamieson and Ross Fisher after birdies on the first, third and sixth holes.

But Jamieson, part of the star pairing from yesterday's opening round, birdied the second hole to stay in touch.

In-form GB&I duo Simon Dyson and Jamie Donaldson were three-up in their round against Thomas Bjorn and Raphael Jacquelin after eight holes.

Dyson birdied the third before Jacquelin hit back with a birdie on the fourth to take it back to all-square.

However, Donaldson put the Great Britain and Ireland pair back in control with two quick-fire birdies on the fifth and sixth, before Dyson birdied the eighth with a confident putt from eight feet.

It was all-square in the fourth game after five holes, with a good iron shot from world number two Lee Westwood on the difficult fifth the closest GB&I came to taking a lead over Anders Hansen and Francesco Molinari.

In the final game, David Horsey birdied the third to go one up with Open champion Darren Clarke against Spanish pairing Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal before Larrazabal hit back on the fourth to take it back to all-square.

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