Team Paterson held sway throughout the contest, holding a four-stone advantage heading into the ninth end, and duly prevented their opponents from mounting an improbable comeback.

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Leaders Sweden made it seven wins from seven as they brushed aside Norway 7-2 and sealed qualification in the process as they look, once again, to finish the pools with a perfect record after going 9-0 last year. Losing ground behind Scotland in the chase for the knockouts were Italy and Switzerland, both of whom were dealt defeats in the evening session.

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The former were dramatically edged out by Denmark in a dramatic extra end after Italy had forced the decider with a three-point tenth, while Switzerland lost out 5-4 to Germany. And rounding things off, the Netherlands hit double figures as they thrashed Russia 12-4.

Four teams are now tied at the top of the standings in the women's competition after a dramatic afternoon session. Scotland, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland all sit locked at the summit after all four notched their fifth wins of the competition.

Reigning champions Sweden dispatched Estonia 7-3 in confident style, while Switzerland edged out Denmark 6-4. Russia beat Latvia 8-5, and Scotland were made to come from behind as they eventually toppled Germany 10-5. Elsewhere, the Czech Republic squeezed past Norway 6-5.

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Scotland got themselves back on track for the knockout stages at the men's European Curling Championship with a convincing victory over Germany.

The game was evenly poised at 2-2 after five ends but Team Paterson took two in the sixth end and then stole three in the seventh to record a 7-2 win, the perfect response to the 6-5 loss to Denmark in the previous match.

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That moves their record to 4-2, which is good enough for joint second along with Italy – who dispatched lowly England 8-2 – and Switzerland, after they were surprisingly beaten 9-4 by Norway.

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Denmark and the Netherlands both sit at 2-4 after the Dutch took a 7-6, extra-end victory but the runaway group leaders are Sweden.

Team Edin were 8-1 up after just three ends against Russia and eventually cruised to a 9-2 triumph – taking their record to a perfect six wins from six.

Meanwhile, in the women's event, hosts Sweden inflicted a first defeat on Scotland as a strong finish saw them cruise to an 11-4 triumph.

Team Muirhead led 4-3 through seven ends but the Swedes picked up four in the eighth end and then another four against the hammer in the ninth to record a big win.

Muirhead's Scotland lose out to Sweden at Euro Champs

Swedish second Agnes Knochenhauer said: "It was a good game, an even game from the start. We worked our way into the game slowly and played a great second half and came away with a win."

That victory created a four-way tie at the top with five games gone as Russia beat Czech Republic 7-3 and Switzerland hammered Norway 11-3 – the Swiss, Russians, Scots and Swedes now all with records of 4-1.

Denmark recorded their second win of the week by downing Latvia 8-4, while Germany did likewise by edging past Estonia 7-6 following an extra end.

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