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Today in Kazan: England beaten by Denmark in final of European Team Championships

England’s men won a superb silver in the European Team Championships in Kazan after losing 3-1 to Denmark on Sunday afternoon.

England secured a comfortable 3-1 win over France to make the final on Saturday but were undone by a quality Danish outfit.

Rajiv Ouseph fell to a narrow final game defeat in the opening match, before Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge lost their doubles game.

Sam Parsons fought back brilliantly to earn England a point before Peter Briggs and Sean Vendy lost the final match of the day as Denmark claimed the title.

David Jones’ match against Jan O Jorgensen wasn’t played as Denmark already had an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Key results

England made a promising start as Ouseph took the first game against Anders Antonsen 21-12 but the Dane fought back to win the next two games 21-15 and 21-19.

Chris Langridge EuroTeamChamps

Ellis and Langridge matched their opponents, Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding in the first game before losing 21-18.

But in the second, the Danish duo pulled away and took the second game 21-13.

Parsons then went up against Emil Holst attempting to turn the tie around and an excellent performance saw him do just that.

Sam Parsons EuroTeamChamps

The Englishman won the first game 21-16 before dominating in the second and cruising to a 21-10 triumph.

Briggs and Vendy also made a fine start to their doubles match against Kim Astrup and Mathias Christiansen taking the first game 21-19.

They had several match points in the second game as both pairs traded extraordinary rallies taking the score up to 27-27 before the Danes won 29-27.

Briggs and Vendy eventually lost the third game 21-12 and Denmark came away with a 3-1 win.

Peter Briggs EuroTeamChamps

Under-15 round up

Meanwhile, Lisa Curtin won silver in the under-15s competition after losing to number one seed Mariia Golubeva in the final.

The Russian triumphed 21-17, 21-18 to take the title in front of a home crowd.

Curtin started the day brilliantly by beating Russian second-seed Elizaveta Baranova in the semi-finals.

It was a comfortable victory for Curtin, who eased to the first game 21-8 before taking the second 21-11.

The final was a much tighter affair, as Golubeva’s took a narrow lead in the first game and held on to win 21-17.

In the second game, Curtin edged ahead and was leading until a sharp burst of successive points gave the Russian the game and the title.

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