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Great Britain set for bronze-medal shootout after losing semi-final to Sweden

Great Britain set for bronze-medal shootout after losing semi-final to Sweden

23/02/2018 at 11:20Updated 23/02/2018 at 15:46

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.

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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.

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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. They did not look back and, after a crucial mistake on the final stone in the seventh end, wrapped up the win in the ninth.

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"We're very disappointed, we came up against a very strong Swedish team there and unfortunately we just couldn't get the win," Muirhead told Eurosport.

"We know we've still got a medal to play for, so we're going to come out a lot stronger tomorrow to play for that bronze."

Eve Muirhead was left frustrated after a crucial mistake in the seventh end

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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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