Russia claimed a dramatic victory over Austria in the European Table Tennis Team Championship ©Getty Images

Russia beat Austria in a thrilling five-match contest at the European Table Tennis Team Championship, coming from two matches down to overcome their European rivals.

The Russian team got off to a torrid start as Daniel Habesohn defeated Vladimir Sidorenko 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6. 

Robert Gardos then handed a second match to Austria with a straight-games win over Maksim Grebnev, before the Russia fightback began.

The match turned on its head when Lev Katsman beat Andreas Levenko 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9.

The final two matches both went down to a final game, with Sidorenko and Grebnev swapping opponents and securing the victory. 

Grebnev beat Habesohn in a five-game thriller, eventually winning 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 14-12, before Sidorenko defeated Gardos 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5.

"I did not want to play," Sidorenko said. 

"The pressure was enormous. 

"I played and I felt incredible.

"I was quiet; I did not celebrate winning points. 

"However, I have my teammates shouting and celebrating and giving me support."

Russia's win was the most dramatic on the night. 

Germany defeated Poland in straight matches, before France did the same to Austria.

Portugal were 3-1 victors over Ukraine, and Sweden beat Romania by the same score.

Romania then followed that defeat up with a 3-0 win over Luxembourg, before Germany overcame the Czech Republic 3-1.

The only other five-match contest of the day was Denmark's victory over England, with Anders Lind beating Paul Drinkall 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7 in the decider.