Gold Coast 2018: Nigeria beat England to advance to table tennis final

Nigeria table tennis team celebrating win over England at 2018 Commonwealth Games

Nigeria's table tennis team are through to the final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Nigeria’s table tennis team to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast have advanced to the semifinals after they defeated England 3-2 on Monday, April 9.

The Nigerian team had to come from a set down to claim victory and progress to the final where they will face India.

Nigeria lost the first match after veteran Segun Toriola was stopped by Paul Drinkhall (14-12,9-11,7-11,13-11,7-11).

Bode Abiodun won the second match for Nigeria recovering from two sets down to beat Liam Pitchford (8-11,9-11-4,13-11,11-5).

Segun Toriola and Olajide Omotayo defeated Samuel Walker and Paul Drinkhall to win match three 3-1 (2-11,11-7,12-10,11-7).

 

Liam Pitchford beat Olajide Omotayo to even the scores at 2-2 (11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 11-9, 5-11).

Bode Abiodun won the game and booked Nigeria’s place in the final after defeating Samuel Walker ( 8-11,11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8).

England defeated Singapore to win the third place match while Nigeria takes on India to determine the Gold and Silver winners.

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