Scotland's women win European curling title, but men fall short

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Eve Muirhead leads her Scotland side to the European Curling Championships title

Scotland's women won the European Curling Championship title with a 6-3 victory over previously unbeaten Sweden on Saturday.

Scotland's men were beaten 10-5 by their Swedish counterparts in their showpiece later on Saturday.

Women's skip Eve Muirhead said: "It's been a tough week, but we played really well.

"We've been working on a lot this season and to win this feels very very special."

The Scots - Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Lauren Gray - fell a shot behind after the first end and were 2-1 down after the third.

Anna Hasselborg
Sweden's Anna Hasselborg had to settle for the silver medal

But they picked up a double in the sixth and, after losing one in the seventh, they took one from each of the next three ends to seal the 6-3 triumph and a second European gold medal for Muirhead.

"I have two golds now and this feels extra special with the Olympics coming up in a few months," she said after the win in St Gallen, Switzerland.

"It was a really tough final. We knew we'd have to play our game of the week and we did play well.

"We made a lot of really good shots, the girls were fantastic. They make my life very easy."

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Scotland's men lost 10-5 to Sweden in the final of the European Curling Championships.

Sweden had won all their round-robin games, including against Scotland, on their way to the final, but skip Anna Hasselborg was philosophical about the defeat.

"They figured the ice out better than us today," she said. "It's a proud silver medal. It was millimetres here and there."

Scotland's men's side, led by Kyle Smith, were 5-4 ahead after the eighth end but the Swedes scored two in the ninth and four in the 10th to seal victory.

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