Europe trail at EurAsia Cup

Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey talk during day one's fourballs at the Eur Asia Cup in Malaysia

Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey got Europe off to a strong start before Asia hit back to lead on day one

Among the notable upsets on Friday were Kang Sung-hoon and Poom Saksansin running Stenson and Alexander Levy off the course after 13 holes, while Fitzpatrick and Pieters fell, 2 and 1, to Ikeda and Gavin Green.

"I've been talking to the guys all week that we expect them to come out firing", said Bjorn.

Bjorn has six players with Ryder Cup experience on his roster in Malaysia and he believes this will be a good dress-rehearsal for him and many of his team.

Thomas Bjorn's side started Saturday's fourballs in fine fashion with Open champion Henrik Stenson partnering Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood to victory over Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia in the top match and claiming the first three points of the day but were unable to stop a strong recovery from Arjun Atwal's side, who won the three final matches to finish on the course.

China's Li Haotong and Malaysia's Nicholas Fung then completed another memorable day for Team Asia when they won another point by beating England's Paul Casey and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger 3&1.

"I learn something every second of the day when I'm a captain, but I don't only do that here".

Though two days of action remain, that the results are even close is a surprise.

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However, Thomas Bjorn's side were far less convincing this time around, with Europe finding themselves down in four matches and all-square in the other two as Asia dominated the early stages of the first day at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

Promising young Malaysian Gavin Green, the latest Asian Tour Order of Merit victor, is among a handful on the Asian side playing in the event at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the first time.

However, Hideto Tanihara and the 18-year-old Phachara Khongwatmai put Asia back in front with a 2-up victory over Alex Noren and Paul Dunne, leaving it to Cabrera-Bello and Wiesberger to ensure the champions headed into the weekend on level terms.

The last time the event was played, a European team led by Darren Clarke romped to an 18 1/2-5 1/2 blowout win over their Asian counterparts in the second edition of the biennial matchplay contest in 2016.

"We're not underestimating this team by any means", said Casey, who won his match with Fleetwood and is representing Europe for the first time in nearly a decade.

It gives Denmark's Bjorn a great chance to test players in a team environment before the showdown against United States of America in Paris.

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