Simon Dyson looked much better as The Vivendi Trophy with Seve Ballesteros resumed at Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche in Paris, but Continental Europe were mounting a strong fightback.
With Great Britain & Ireland leading Continental Europe 3-2 overnight Dyson was paired with Oliver Wilson again and played a superb pitch to three feet on the first to put them ahead against Henrik Stenson and Alvaro Quiros.
On the opening day it had taken Dyson nine holes to win a hole - no surprise after he was in bed virtually all day on Wednesday suffering from food poisoning.
He and Wilson, who won two of their three games together in the match two years ago, had defeated Søren Hansen and Peter Hanson in the first session of fourballs.
Continental Europe captain Thomas Björn had kept Hansen and Hanson together and the latter struck first blood against Nick Dougherty and Ross Fisher.
Although his drive finished under a tree the Swede struck his approach to eight feet, made that and then did the same for a half on the next after Fisher had holed from ten feet.
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, so impressive in beating Quiros and Søren Kjeldsen, this time found themselves up against Italian Francesco Molinari and Dane Anders Hansen - the European pair equally on song on the opening day in seeing off Robert Rock and Steve Webster.
McDowell missed an eight foot birdie opportunity on the first and Molinari made no mistake from seven to put the Northern Ireland duo one down.
Dyson struck again on the fourth and Wilson almost made the gap three on the next when his ten foot attempt horseshoed out.
They were the only Great Britain & Ireland pair ahead, though. Dougherty and Fisher still trailed by one after four and Robert Rock's opening birdie was cancelled out by Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño making one on the second.
In the bottom game, Miguel Angel Jiménez missed from three feet at the first, which would have put him and Kjeldsen ahead against Chris Wood and Anthony Wall.