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Commonwealth Games: Singapore reach men's team table tennis final

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. 

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