Muirhead's Scotland into Euro Champs final

Muirhead's Scotland into Euro Champs final

26 November 2015 / 22:10

A never-say-die battling performance from Eve Muirhead and her team ensured Scotland will bid for gold at the 2015 European Curling Championships in Esbjerg, Denmark.

Up against Finland, Muirhead’s team could not have got off to a tougher start as they found themselves 5-0 down after three ends.

But the recovery began in the fourth end with a score of three when skip Muirhead finished the end with a straightforward draw.

They then stole a single point in the fifth end to go into the half-time break just 5-4 down.

It continued to be a close-run thing after the restart too as Finland scored one in the sixth before the Scots levelled with two in the seventh and then took the lead for the first time when they went 8-6 up after the eighth.

Finland did pull one back in the ninth but the Scots spent the whole of the tenth end clearing Finnish guards to leave Muirhead a draw for one and a 9-7 win.

Scotland will now face Russia in Saturday’s final after they beat Denmark in the other semi-final.

Muirhead said: ”If you take away the first three ends we played a really good game and it just shows you the fight in this team that whatever the scoreboard says – ‘don’t give up’. 

“We didn’t have a bad first three ends, we just got sucked around the centre guards, which was silly. 

“But we had a really solid seven ends.  It’s never over till it is over. 

“You put yourself in their position and I know what it’s like when you’re up in a ten end game and you’re thinking about it , you’ve still got seven to go, and it makes it nervy, and for those guys – it’s their first time at this stage. 

“Now we’ve got to look forward to a final against Russia. We always have close games with Russia and she’s beaten us in a European final before, so it’s going to be a good game.  We have a day off tomorrow and then we’ll come out fighting on Saturday.”

Elsewhere during the day, Scotland’s men’s team fell just short of making the semi-finals although they pushed defending champions Sweden all the way in their tie-breaker.

The day had started off promisingly as Kyle Smith’s team beat Germany 12-5 in their final round-robin game to book a tie-breaker match for the last semi-final spot.

But while coming back from 5-2 down after four ends they were unable to force the win as the Swedes won 7-8.

“We’re just disappointed,” said Smith. "We played some really good ends, we just didn’t do a good enough job of forcing them when they had the hammer. 

“We had to make it harder for them, and that was the difference at the end of the day.  We just wanted to go a bit further, we’re disappointed not to make the semi-finals.”

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