Russia's women crowned European curling champions

Russia's women crowned European curling champions
By Sportsbeat

26/11/2016 at 16:04Updated 26/11/2016 at 16:23

Russia successfully defended their European title after beating Sweden 6-4 in the gold medal match in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

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In a dramatic final, which came down to the very last stone in the last end, it was the Russians who came out on top.

A day earlier they had brought an end to hosts Scotland's nine-game winning streak at the Championships to book their spot in the final but they were given a stern test by the Swedes.

The game was tight throughout with Sweden skip Anna Hasselborg scoring two points in the first end to give the Swedes the early advantage.

Another point in the eighth moved Hasselborg's team into a 4-3 lead but in the very next end Russia skip Victoria Moiseeva tapped out a Swedish stone to score one and level the game.

That meant it all came down to the tenth end, but a failed last-stone draw attempt by Hasselborg handed Russia a steal of two points for a 6-4 win and the European title.

It meant the Russian team of Moiseeva, Uliana Vasileva, Galina Arsenkina, Julia Guzieva and Julia Portunova became the first team to successfully defend a women's European title since Sweden did so in 2005.

Moiseeva said: "We don't quite understand how this has happened to us! Of course, we were hoping for that and now it's happened, it just feels great.

"I thought she [Hasselborg] was going to make it [her last stone draw] and we had done what we could so she wouldn't make it. I didn't think it would be that way, but it happened!"

On Friday night, Eve Muirhead's Scotland beat the Czech Republic 6-2 to claim the bronze medal.

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