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Germany Is The 2014 European Women's Team Champions

Germany is the 2014 European Women's Team Champions
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The German women's team defended the European title in Lisbon. Han Ying and Co. overcame Austria by 3:0. But Liu Jia and Co. offered more resistance this time. Poland and Sweden clinched the bronze medal.

Germany won their second European team title in a row. Last year Germans defeated Romania in a close match. This year it was a 3:0 victory over Austria in Lisbon, but Liu Jia and Co. offered more resistance than in the previous match held on Wednesday. 

In that occasion, Germany also posted a 3:0 victory. Shan Xiaona beat Amelie Solja by 3:2 in the first match. Han Ying swept with Liu Jia by 3:0 and Petrissa Solja defeated Li Qiangbing by 3:2. 

Germany kept the same line-up for the final match, while Austria made a change. Sofia Polcanova replaced Amelie Solja. Polcanova had a promising star against Shan. She won the first two games by 11:5 and 12:10, but the German player got the third game by 11:4. The Austrian player had chances to win the match in the fourth game, but Shan reacted and leveled by 11:9. The German player took control of the deciding game and won by 11:7. 

Liu Jia also took the lead in the match against Han Ying. She won the first two games by 11:9 and 11:8. But the 2013 European finalist fought back and leveled by 11:8 and 11:5. In the decidng match Han prevailed by 12:10. Petrissa Solja sealed victory for Germany after sweeping with Li Qiangbing by 11:4, 11:3 and 11:9. 

Photo and info. source: Sabine Winter's facebook fan page - ettu.org 

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