Mel Reid completed the thrill ride of day two at the Solheim Cup by making a "huge" 18th-hole birdie that allowed Europe to snatch a 9-7 lead over the United States in Toledo.

The 33-year-old Englishwoman, who was a vice-captain two years ago after missing out on selection, had been one down heading to the last alongside rookie partner Leona Maguire.

Their American fourballs rivals, Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas, had inched ahead at 17 when Kupcho chipped in from just off the green.

But Reid pulled off an astonishing second shot at 18, almost finding a greenside bunker with the approach only for the ball to narrowly avoid that fate and roll up to around two feet away from the pin.

She sank the putt and it was enough to halve the match and keep Europe two clear heading into Monday's singles showdowns.

Reid said of the importance of that shot from the fairway: "I think it was huge. I didn't have my best stuff today. Leona again played great, putted fantastic and kept us in the match.

"Then I saw a wave of yellow and blue, which was all our team, and I knew I had to pull something off."

She told The Golf Channel: "Leona has been holing the winning putts everywhere, so I just thought I'd take a little bit of credit finally."

The United States fought back with gusto from a 5.2-2.5 overnight deficit at the Inverness Club, in Toledo, Ohio, dominating the morning foursomes and taking them 3-1 to close to 6.5-5.5 behind.

At one point in the afternoon they looked good for a similar outcome from the fourballs. However, the scoreboard, dominated by red initially, began to show some blue, and it turned out to be Europe's session.

Comebacks had been the story of the morning foursomes, with Europe getting ahead in each match but only able to close out one victory, as Reid and Maguire drubbed Nelly Korda and Ally Ewing 5&4.

Salas and Kupcho came from two down to win three-up against Anna Nordqvist and Matilda Castren, remarkably winning the par-five eighth hole with a six before reeling off holes 14 to 17 to complete the fightback.

Charley Hull and Emily Pedersen were one up through six but lost 2&1 to Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare, while a topsy-turvy opening match saw Europe's Georgia Hall and Madelene Sagstrom twice lead Danielle Kang and Austin Ernst, who ended as one-up winners.

The USA team carried that momentum into the afternoon and levelled the match at 6.5-6.5 when Yealimi Noh and Mina Harigae scored a 3&1 win over Celine Boutier and Sophia Popov.

However, Hull and Pedersen were 3&2 victors over Kang and Ernst, having been one down through six. Carlota Ciganda and Nanna Koerstz Madsen then edged Jessica Korda and Megan Khang one-up to move Europe two points clear.

Defying the partisan crowds was a thrill for the pair, and that will again be the challenge on Monday when everyone plays in the singles.

Ciganda said: "It's tough here playing here with lots of [American] fans and due to COVID not many European fans, but I think we are all fighting hard, trying our best and playing with passion, and hopefully it's going to be enough for tomorrow."