GREAT BRITAIN WOMEN LOSE CURLING SEMI-FINAL TO SWEDEN

The Great Britain women’s curling team will have a chance at winning a second successive Olympic bronze medal after losing 10-5 to Sweden in the semi finals

Skip Eve Muirhead’s team, who won the previous Olympic bronze by beating Switzerland in Sochi four years ago, will now play Japan In Saturday’s medal playoff at 11:05 GMT.

They were beaten by a close 6-4 margin in the semi finals against Canada at the last Olympics but it was a different story in PyeongChang as Sweden, who beat Muirhead’s team for world bronze in 2017, took total control.

Great Britain trailed the Swedes 2-0 after the opening two ends but a brilliant take out by Muirhead with the final stone in the fifth end levelled the scores at 3-3 with two yellow GB stones in the house.

The tables quickly turned in the following end however, as a smart technical shot from Sweden’s skip Anna Hasselborg with her final stone moved Sweden back in front by two stones.

In the seventh end, a mistake with the final stone proved costly for Great Britain.

GB had the final stone of this crucial end though and it didn’t even reach the house as it collided with one of their own guard stones to leave them trailing by five points going into the eighth end.

Muirhead put some pressure on the Swedes in end eight as two points after her final stone reduced the arrears to 8-5.

It was all over by the ninth end though as Sweden pushed a stone clear into the middle of the house to force Muirhead’s team to shake hands.

In the other women’s semi final, South Korea will join Sweden in Sunday’s gold medal game at 00:05 GMT after they beat Japan 8-7 in a game that went to an extra 11th end.

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