Magnificent seven for Scottish curling duo

Magnificent seven for Scottish curling duo
By Sportsbeat

28/04/2017 at 13:18

Scotland made it a perfect seven from seven with as they topped Group B in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Canada.

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Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat defeated Italy 8-4, after seizing control with the encounter delicately poised at 3-3 going into the fourth end break.

The win saw Aitken and Mouat, who had already secured qualification after defeating Denmark in the penultimate group game, set up a last-16 clash with hosts Canada.

Elsewhere in Group B, Ireland secured the fourth qualifying spot and will take on Korea, who won seven out of seven Group C matches.

The Canadians finished third in Group D, losing to eventual table-toppers United States 8-6 in the final group game.

The United States, who had Rebecca Hamilton to thank for snatching a dramatic victory over the hosts with a perfect final stone, will face Finland in their knockout match.

Czech Republic secured second in Group D after a thumping 11-3 win over France to go into the last-16 tie with Hungary with plenty of momentum, despite missing out on top spot.

Elsewhere, Switzerland beat New Zealand 7-4 to win Group E and keep their undefeated record intact going into the knockout stages.

The Swiss take on Spain in the last 16, and will be hoping to repeat the success they had over their Spanish counterparts earlier in the tournament when the teams met in Group E.

Latvia enjoyed a flawless run to the last-16 with seven wins from seven to dominate Group A, and will take on Sweden, while Norway face off against Italy and China battle Russia.

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