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Europe, U.S. Tied 2-2 at Solheim Cup in Germany

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Lexi Thompson of the U.S. hits the ball in the foursomes on Day 1 of the Golf Solheim Cup.

ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) -- Europe and the United States were tied at 2-2 at the Solheim Cup following Friday morning's alternate-shot foursome matches at the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany.

Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer defeated Europe's top-ranked players, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden and Suzann Pettersen of Norway, 3 and 2 to secure the first point for the visitors.

But English duo Charley Hull and Melissa Reid won 2 and 1 against Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome, and home favorite Sandra Gal teamed up with Catriona Matthew to put Europe 2-1 up with an impressive 3 and 2 win over Stacey Lewis and Lizette Salas.

Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson pulled the Americans level with a 2 and 1 victory over Karine Icher of France and Azahara Munoz of Spain.

In the afternoon's best-ball fourball matches, Pressel and Creamer were to play Nordqvist and Swedish compatriot Caroline Hedwall, while American rookie Alison Lee recovered from a stomach bug to take her place alongside Angela Stanford against Gwladys Nocera of France and Hull.

Kerr and Thompson were to play Reid and Spain's Carlota Ciganda, with Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang taking on German duo Gal and Caroline Masson.

Europe is going for three titles in a row in the competition, while the U.S. is hoping to win its first since 2009.

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