Finland’s Matilda Castren sank a put on the last hole to edge her match against Lizette Salas and take Europe to their target of 14 points with three matches still to complete.

Emily Kristine Pedersen sunk a putt on the 18th hole to win her match against Danielle King and round out a stunning 15-13 victory.

The defending champions had started the day 9-7 ahead and won a further four matches with two halves ensuring the all-important 14-point tally to retain the trophy won at Gleneagles two years ago.

European captain Catriona Matthew, who also led the team to victory on home soil in 2019, paid tribute to her players.

"Just an amazing team actually. They came out here and performed," she said.

"I'm kind of lost for words actually at the moment."

Matilda Castren celebrates her Cup winning putt on Monday. PHOTO: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images.

Matthew, who secured the winning point in Europe's previous win in America in 2013, added: "I think it's even sweeter as a captain actually.

"It's certainly more nerve-racking watching. It's all down to the team really, it's if they play well, so all hats off to them."

Rookie Leona Maguire beat Jennifer Kupcho 5&4 to pick up the first point of the day and extend Europe's lead as she became only the third player in Solheim Cup history to earn four or more points in a single competition.

It was quickly followed by Madelene Sagstrom bagging another point with a 3&2 win over Ally Ewing and then Celine Boutier completed a resounding 5&4 victory over Mina Harigae in a blemish free performance.

"Just an amazing team actually. They came out here and performed." - Catriona Matthew.

The much-anticipated contest between Anna Nordqvist and Lexi Thompson, who were the first singles match to tee off on the final day, was halved after 18 holes to take Europe even closer, but then began a gripping US fightback.

The first full point of the day for the Americans came from World No.1 Nelly Korda, who beat Georgia Hall on the last hole at the end of a close contest that finally gave the partisan crowd reason to cheer.

Home momentum faltered as Austin Ernst missed a short birdie putt on the last and halved with Nanna Koerstz Madsen but then Megan Khang and Brittany Altomare revived American hopes to reduce Europe's lead to 13-11.

Khang, who was 6-up at one stage, completed a 3&2 win over Sophia Popov while Altomare ended Carlota Ciganda's unbeaten singles record in the Solheim Cup with a 2&1 victory.

However, Castren then steered in a right to left par putt on the 18th to edge Salas and ensure Europe retained the trophy with three matches still to complete.