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Disastrous ninth end sees GB lose tie-breaker to Switzerland

Disastrous ninth end sees GB lose tie-breaker to Switzerland

22/02/2018 at 00:34Updated 22/02/2018 at 02:39

A disastrous ninth end sent Team GB packing as Switzerland’s 9-5 victory put them into the men’s curling semi-finals.

The Swiss scored five stones in the penultimate end to win what had been a tight affair, and they will now face Sweden for a place in the final, with the tie getting underway from 11.50am GMT.

Defending champions Canada are in semi-final action against the USA at the same time, with a spot in Saturday’s gold medal game at stake.

Meanwhile, the losers from both semi-final encounters will face one another in the bronze medal game on Friday.

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In the tie-breaker, GB were looking to bounce back from a disappointing 10-4 defeat to USA in their final round-robin encounter.

Kyle Smith's side made a solid start with two stones in the opening end, and went on to take a 4-1 lead four rounds in.

The Swiss fought their way back into contention, levelling up at 4-4 after six ends, and though GB went on to lead 5-4, the tie was ultimately decided in the ninth.

Skip Benoit Schwarz ensured the Swiss scored a staggering five stones, and it was too much for GB to claw back in the final end, with a visibly emotional Smith shaking hands after the draw became mathematically impossible.