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McGinley's men cling on for dramatic victory

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Continental Europe's defiant final-day fightback proved futile as Great Britain & Ireland held on to win the Vivendi Seve Trophy in Paris.

GB & I held a five-point lead heading into Sunday's action, but with a couple of hours remaining both sides were tied at 11 ½ each. It was Paul McGinley's men who finished the stronger though, winning for the sixth year in succession by a score of 15 ½ to 12 ½.

David Horsey stole a half against Nicolas Colsaerts to gain GB & I a foothold following five successive European victories, then Scott Jamieson defeated Pablo Larrazabal one-up as the tide shifted back towards the holders.

In a dramatic finish, Ian Poulter rolled in a birdie on the 18th green to see off the plucky challenge of Italian youngster Matteo Manassero, then Mark Foster made the triumph safe for McGinley's men by sneaking past Raphael Jacquelin by one.

"It feels amazing and I'm pleased for the boys," Foster said after beating Jacquelin. "I was playing really well and then lost the pace of green for four or five holes and I left Raphael back in and I knew I was in for a game then and I had to refocus.

"It would have hurt a lot if we hadn't won today and I'm glad to pull through."

McGinley said to Sky Sports: "Lucky I had the team well balanced out, and had not just experience but guys in form balanced throughout the team, so they came through in the end. Scott Jamieson's match was huge, that kind of turned the tide in our favour.

"I actually focused mostly on Scott's game, I walked every shot with him from the 14th. I knew how pivotal that match was going to be and he was brilliant. I wanted Scott to keep playing pretty conservatively coming in there because it was difficult conditions, and he did exactly as I said.

"I'm so proud of the way he's come through this week, and he's just one guy. David Horsey as well, a huge half point there.

"I get a huge sense of satisfaction seeing someone like Scott or David Horsey coming though the way they did. Mark Foster as well, it was pivotal that his game stayed one up, that it stayed in the red or it stayed in the green and it never got into the blue, and he did that."

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