Denmark outclass Spain 5-0 to enter European Mixed Team Championships semis

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Rasmus Gemke is another young Denmark player poised to make an impact in the near future. (photo: Victor)

Copenhagen: Defending champions Denmark have advanced to the semi-final of the 2019 European Mixed Team Championships after thumping Spain 5-0 at Frederiksberg Hallerne on Friday.

In the first match, Denmark’s World No. 14 mixed doubles pair Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen breezed past Lorena Usle/Alberto Zapico 21-11, 21-11 to put Denmark up 1-0 in the tie.

The World No. 24 men’s singles player Rasmus Gemke had to dig deep to overcame Luis Enrique Penalver 12-21, 21-16, 21-13 in 68 minutes to score the second point for Denmark.

In women’s singles action Mia Blichfeldt recorded another Danish win, seeing off Sara Penalver 21-11, 21-14 to seal the tie.

David Daugaard/Frederik S√łgaard and Julie Dawall Jakobsen/Rikke Soby then battled past their opponents in men’s doubles and women’s doubles respectively to provide the hosts a clean sweep over Spain with 5-0.

Elsewhere in Group One, the Netherlands beat France 4-1.

Denmark will play Netherlands again on Saturday for a berth in the final.

In Group Two, 2017 runners-up Russia picked up a 4-1 victory over Ireland and will meet Germany whom they defeated on Thursday in the semi-final.

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