Europe still in control at EurAsia Cup

Asia threw some punches at Europe as they attempted to claw back a disastrous first day at the inaugural EurAsia Cup, but Europe remain on track for victory in Kuala Lumpur.

After being whitewashed 5-0 in Thursday's fourballs, Thongchai Jaidee's side secured three points from Friday's foursomes to leave the score at 7-3.

Prayad Marksaeng and Kim Hyung-sung toppled Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen 4&3 while Anirban Lahiri and Siddikur Rahman defeated Joost Luiten and Victor Dubuisson by one hole.

Europe captain Miguel Angel Jimenez denied Asia another victory in stunning fashion as he beat Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat led going down the last.

The 50-year-old, who made two eagles at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the second day running, produced a superb approach to the 18th green to set up fellow Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal for a birdie to snatch a half, much to Europe’s glee.

The spoils were deservedly shared in a high-quality contest. Jimenez had holed a bunker shot on the third for an eagle and then a putt from 30ft on the 11th for another, although that effort was only good enough for a half. Still Europe remain in firm control of the contest.

"At the end of the day I am happy," Jimenez told Sky Sports News. "We managed to half a couple of matches and win another one. It was a tough day in the heat and Asia played very well today.

"At one point it looked like it was going to be the opposite of yesterday but we managed to get the points and 7-3 is a good lead for tomorrow."