Team competition started in three categories at the World Boccia Regional European Championship in Seville ©Getty Images

Following the individual finals, the World Boccia Regional European Championship in Seville continued today with the start of team competition in three categories.

Russia, Portugal, Britain and Slovakia topped their pools in the mixed BC1/BC2 team event.

In Pool A, Russia defeated Spain 6-3 and Greece 6-2 to progress in first, while Greece thumped Spain 10-2 to make it to the quarter-finals as well.

Portugal were on a tear in their Pool B opener, thrashing Israel 19-3, before beating France 8-4.

France were second following a 6-5 victory over Israel.

Britain were convincing in Pool C with a 9-2 defeat of Czech Republic and a 7-4 win over The Netherlands.

The Dutch team are through in second after beating the Czechs 5-2.

Slovakia narrowly won Pool D after beating Ukraine on a tiebreaker following a 4-4 draw.

Earlier in the day, they also beat Croatia 10-3, while the Croatians took second with a 7-3 win over Ukraine.

Slovakia and Russia made it into the semi-finals of the mixed BC4 pairs following pool wins.

In Pool A, Slovakia won all three games, starting with a 3-1 win over Hungary, followed by a 6-1 defeat of Spain.

A 4-2 win over Croatia sealed first place.

Hungary took second in the group with a 7-4 win against Spain and 3-2 victory over Croatia.

Russia thumped Slovenia 8-1 and Germany 9-0 in Pool B, but had to win by tiebreaker against Greece following a 2-2 draw.

Germany prevailed as runners-up by beating Greece 3-2 and Slovenia 6-5.

In the smaller Pool C, Ukraine won both of their games, first beating Portugal 6-3 and then Britain 4-2.

Portugal took second in the last game by beating Britain 7-5.

Finally, Czech Republic, France, Britain and hosts Spain finished top of their respective pools in the mixed BC3 pairs.

Spain defeated regional rivals Portugal 5-3 and Russia 6-1 to top Pool D, while Russia won 6-1 over Portugal to claim second.

Both Czech Republic and Greece thumped Slovakia 8-0, with the Czechs winning the decisive game between the two by a score of 3-2 in Pool A.

In Pool B, France won 8-2 against Germany and 5-3 over Poland.

Poland handed out a 16-0 defeat to Germany to finish second.

Finally in Pool C, Britain finished first with all pairs winning one each.

Norway defeated Britain 3-2, but then went down by the same score to Sweden.

Coming down to goal difference, Britain defeated Sweden 5-1 to win the pool in front of the Norwegians.

Competition is scheduled to end tomorrow with the knockout stages of the team and pairs categories.