As Great Britain and Ireland took a bit of a pasting on the first day of the PGA Cup in California, the side facing Europe in the Seve Trophy in Paris are having to work hard to hand onto a slight lead.
The Continental Europe team had the best of Friday's fourball matches to reduce GB&I's lead to one point in Paris, as Jean Van de Velde's team won three matches and halved one to leave the score at five-and-a-half to four-and-a-half in the Ryder Cup-style event.
Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal were amongst the European point scorers with a 3&2 win, while Mark Foster and Lee Westwood earned Great Britain and Ireland their point.
World number two Westwood was the key to the partnership's 5&3 success over Anders Hansen and Francesco Molinari making three birdies and an eagle at the Saint-Nom-la-Breteche course, near Paris.
The only other British and Irish pairing to come away with anything were Simon Dyson and Jamie Donaldson, who had a chance to win their match on the last hole against Thomas Bjorn and Raphael Jacquelin, but had to settle for half a point after Donaldson missed his birdie putt from two yards.
"We're still one behind, there's nothing to be happy about," Continental Europe captain Van de Velde said, "I'm going to tell you what I'm very happy with: It is the fact that they delivered today. It's not about winning or about losing. It's about the intensity. It's about what they brought in."
Britain and Ireland captain Paul McGinley said: "As I said to my team yesterday, we felt like we shot 62. Today we feel like we've shot 71.
"The continental team came back strongly against us today. Not unexpectedly. We weren't strong enough or good enough today to hold off the challenge."
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