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Ireland's Chloe and Sam Magee will have a shot at a European medal tomorrow

Magees set for medal battle against Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen of Denmark.

The Magees: edged a thriller in France this afternoon (file photo).
The Magees: edged a thriller in France this afternoon (file photo).
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

CHLOE AND SAM MAGEE are one win away from a European Badminton Championship medal after battling to book their place in the mixed doubles quarter-finals.

The Irish duo ground out a 21-19, 14-21, 24-22 win against Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich in a thriller at La Roche-sur-Yon, France.

But the Magees will face a tough test tomorrow when they take on eighth seeds Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen of Denmark.

“When I saw the draw I wasn’t dreaming or thinking about anything to be honest,” Sam told Badminton Europe after today’s win.

“Now we’ve got this far, I don’t think you can dream or think (about medals). We’ll just take it one point at a time.”

Chloe is back on court this evening when she takes on Danish fourth seed Line Kjaersfeldt in the last 16 of the women’s singles.

There was disappointment for Irish men’s number one Scott Evans on Wednesday as he lost 16-21, 13-21 to Nick Fransman.

“That’s unfortunately the end of the road for me here in France,” Evans wrote.

“From being comfortably in control and leading quite big in the first to losing in two sets probably 20 minutes later. Couldn’t be more disappointed with myself for not being able to control these things.”

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