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Friday, 19 March 2010
(Reuters) – Great Britain and Ireland won the greensomes 3-1 on Saturday to draw level in the Seve Trophy match with Continental Europe.

The match stood at 7-7 going into the afternoon foursomes but GB&I captain Colin Montgomerie felt his team should have been ahead.

"It was disappointing to be honest," said the Scot. "We looked like pulling off a 4-0 (win), just a couple of missed putts late on made the difference."

Europe's captain José Maria Olazábal, who tasted defeat for a second successive time on Saturday, was happy to get something out of the session.

"We lost our advantage and that's not nice but getting a point out of the last two games helps us take something forward," said Olazábal, who left himself out of the afternoon foursomes.

"The Great Britain and Ireland team are now pushing on the accelerator and we must react," he added.

Experienced Irish duo Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington took GB& I to within a point of Europe by overcoming Olazábal and Frenchman Thomas Levet 3 and 2 in the opening greensome.

Then outstanding partnership of Friday, David Howell and Paul Casey, beat Swedes Niclas Fasth and Peter Hanson by two holes.

A failed four-foot birdie putt on the last from Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell meant GB&I missed out on the lead.

McDowell and Welshman Stephen Dodd shared the match with Spain's Miguel Angel Jiménez and Emanuele Canonica of Italy.

After missing two putts earlier in the match, Swede Henrik Stenson holed out from six feet on the last to secure half a point for him and partner Thomas Bjorn against Ian Poulter and Nick Dougherty.

Having left himself out of the greensomes, GB&I skipper Colin Montgomerie teams up with Dougherty for the foursomes, playing in the final match against Björn and Maarten Lafeber.

Olazábal will rely on the French pairing of Levet and Jean-Francois Remesy against McGinley and Harrington.

Levet and Remesy produced a surprise last-hole victory against the Irish former World Cup winners on the opening day.

Jimenez teams up with Canonica against Howell and Casey, while Olazábal has put Fasth and Stenson together to take on Bradley Dredge and Poulter.

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