Chloe and Sam Magee secured at least a bronze medal in the badminton mixed doubles at the European Games after a brilliant defeat of the Netherlands in Minsk on Friday morning.

The Donegal siblings squeezed into the quarter-finals yesterday thanks to an impressive win against Belarus but knew they'd have to raise the bar again to get past the Dutch duo Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek.

They did so in a 21-19, 21-17 success that booked a spot in the semis and guaranteed them a podium finish. 

It's Ireland's seventh medal at the Games.

"We really wanted that this week, but we've had such a tough draw," said Chloe Magee afterwards.

"To be standing here knowing we're going home with a medal is the most incredible feeling you can imagine. We've battled through so many tough games."

Looking ahead to the semi-final against Great Britain's Gabby and Chris Adcock, Sam Magee added: "It's an exciting match. We've played them a few times and the best result we've had is taking one set off them. We have to take that into consideration. 

"There's no pressure. They're the top seeds, they're a world-class pair and they're expected to win. We have to use the other side of the coin by coming in with no pressure and try to deliver the same quality of performance that we did today."