Sara Thygesen, back, and Maiken Fruergaard secured the crucial win for Denmark as they won the European Mixed Team Badminton Championship title by defeating France ©Getty Images

Denmark won a fifth successive European Mixed Team Badminton Championship title with a dramatic 3-2 victory over hosts France.

In a repeat of the final of the 2021 edition, the Danish side won the men’s singles, women’s singles and women’s doubles ties.

France took the lead in the tie, played at the Complexe Sportif Regional in Aire-sur-la-Lys, winning the mixed doubles encounter in straight games as Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue defeated Mathias Christiansen and Amalie Magelund 21-17, 24-22.

The men’s singles tie followed with Olympic champion and world number one Viktor Axelsen, representing Denmark, dropping the opening game to his opponent Christo Popov, before winning 15-21, 22-20, 21-14, to make the overall match score 1-1.

Denmark then took the lead in the contest with Line Christophersen winning the women’s singles tie, overcoming Qi Xuefei 21-12, 21-11.

The men’s doubles match-up and was next, and in a must-win contest for France, Gicquel and partner Toma Junior Popov prevailed, overcoming Kim Astrup and Frederik Sogaard 21-19, 21-19, to make the contest 2-2.

It all came down to the concluding women’s doubles encounter, with Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen taking on Delrue and Margot Lambert to decide the destiny of the trophy.

Delrue and Lambert took the first game 21-17, before Fruergaard and Thygesen took the next two 21-15, 21-14 to complete the turnaround and secure an 18th title for Denmark in the tournament’s history.