Muirhead and Scotland maintain unbeaten record at Euros with Finnish victory

Muirhead and Scotland maintain unbeaten record at Euros with Finnish victory
By Sportsbeat

21/11/2016 at 16:12Updated

Skip Eve Muirhead was left toasting a job well done as Scotland's women kept up their unbeaten record with victory over Finland at the European Championships.

Scotland were in cruise control for much of the match, with the exception of the third end when, after the Scots had started with singles steal in the first two ends, Muirhead missed a double, allowing Finnish skip Anne Malmi to draw into the house and score three for a 3-2 lead.

However, Muirhead made amends in the fourth end, drawing in her last stone to score four for a 6-3 lead.

The Scots kept the pressure on after this and by the sixth end held a 9-4 lead, and when Malmi was heavy with her final draw in the seventh, she gave up a steal of one and conceded the game for Muirhead and co to win 10-4.

"That was really solid," Muirhead said. "Finland are one of those teams – they got themselves here last year so they deserve to be here – but they are a nation that could be a banana skin that you could slip up on, but we managed to play our game.

"When we're out there against other countries, we have to pretend we're playing against the Jennifer Jones or Rachel Homan teams and that's exactly what we did.

"We got in a little bit of a muddle in the third. I missed my double with my first and she made a good draw for three.

"The good thing is we didn't let it faze us and we bounced back. We always expect our opposition to play well against us, so we have to play well."

Scotland's closest rivals all had fair trickier games as the Czech Republic snuck by Russia 6-5 and Sweden were also narrow winners against Germany, triumphing 5-4.

Both the Czechs and the Swedes have now won three games and lost one, as have Denmark who beat Norway 9-7.

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