lex Vlaar and Dimitar Yanakiev of Bulgaria won their doubles match against Spain as Bulgaria squeezed out a 3-2 win to advance to the quarter-finals ©Getty Images

Bulgaria beat to Spain to dump the number eight seeds out of the men’s tournament at the European Team Badminton Championships and book their place in the quarter-finals.

Having trailed 2-1 after the singles clashes, Bulgaria took both doubles encounters to secure a stunning 3-2 win.

Bulgaria then had three points from four games and their fate depended on the outcome of the Italy-Croatia match.

They needed an Italian win and they duly got it, with a 4-1 Italy triumph ensuring Bulgaria advanced as winners of Group 8 in Liévin in France.

The other seeded team to fall in the men’s competition were Finland – a 5-0 thrashing of Slovenia not enough to save them in Group 7.

Having trailed 2-0 after the first two singles matches, Ukraine beat Portugal 3-2 to maintain their 100 per cent record and finish top of the group.

Seven of the eight group winners in the men’s competition take a 100 per cent record into the quarter-finals, which start tomorrow.

Denmark, seeking an eighth consecutive title, will face Germany, Bulgaria play Russia, Ukraine are up against France and The Netherlands meet England.

In the women’s tournament, Denmark look strong again and picked up a third 5-0 win in a row as they dispatched Estonia to top Group 1 and reach the quarter-finals.

Line Christophersen of Denmark beat Estonia's Catlyn Kruus 21-7, 21-10 and Denmark's women's team maintained their record of winning each individual match ©Getty Images
Line Christophersen of Denmark beat Estonia’s Catlyn Kruus 21-7, 21-10 and Denmark’s women’s team maintained their record of winning each individual match ©Getty Images

Russia, Germany and Turkey likewise won 5-0 thrice in a row to reach the last eight.

In Group 7, Sweden edged past Scotland in a top-of-the-table clash but both advance to the quarter-finals at the expense of the seeded Spain, who lost to Poland and finish fourth in the five-team group.

The quarter-final draw pits the Danes against Turkey in an eye-catching clash.

Sweden face France, Scotland are up against Russia and Germany play Hungary.


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