- POSTED: 28 Jul 2014 02:13
- UPDATED: 28 Jul 2014 06:02
Singapore beat Nigeria 3-1 in the men's team table tennis semi-final at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday (July 27).
GLASGOW: Singapore beat Nigeria 3-1 in the men's team table tennis semi-final at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday (July 27).
Singapore will face England in the final after England defeated India 3-1 in the second semi-final.
Nigeria gave Singapore a scare in the first match when Segun Toriola stretched Gao Ning to five games.
Gao Ning, ranked 12 in the world, finally prevailed over Toriola 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9.
The second match saw a determined Nigeria fighting back with Quadri Aruna, ranked 126 in the world, beating world number 34 Zhan Jian 11-7, 10-12, 14-12, 11-9.
Singapore's pair of Gao Ning and Li Hu gave Singapore the lead again, beating Bode Abiodun and S, Toriola 11-4, 11-2, 8-11, 11-7.
In the fourth match, Singapore triumphed after Zhan Jian make up for his earlier defeat by beating Bode Abiodun 2-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8.
Zhan praised Nigeria's defiant performance.
"It was tough, we weren't too familiar with the way Nigeria play and this is the first time I have played in the Commonwealth Games," he said.
"After the team won the doubles, the whole situation got better, so I was more relaxed but Nigeria were really persistent."
Earlier in the women's team final on Sunday, Singapore beat Malaysia 3-0 to secure gold.