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Scots slip out of European finals

Scotland skip David Murdoch
Murdoch won the world title earlier this year in Canada

Scotland's men have missed out on a medal at the European Curling Championships following a page 3-4 play-off defeat to Switzerland.

David Murdoch's rink comfortably came through an earlier tiebreak with France but lost out 7-3 to the Swiss.

Sweden beat Norway to reach the final and the Swiss will now play Norway to decide the other finalists.

Scotland's women were knocked out at the end of the round-robin phase in Aberdeen after a 7-5 defeat to Denmark.

Murdoch and his team-mates are the current world champions and were looking for a third successive European title.

However, Switzerland were 4-1 up after three ends and stayed in control to close the Scots out at the end of the ninth end.

"We got off to a bad start and it was pretty poor to give up a two at the first, so you're always chasing the game after that," Murdoch told the event's official blog.

"That was probably the trickiest sheet of ice I've ever played on in an arena. You just couldn't put the brush down and make a shot at one point.

"It either took off and swung eight feet or it ran straight. It was extremely difficult and very frustrating. It made us look silly at times, but it wasn't through bad throws or lack of concentration, it was just the ice conditions."

Women's skip Eve Muirhead said she was "gutted" to miss out on the play-offs but is now looking ahead to next year's Winter Olympics.

"We've been training hard through the summer, on and off the ice," she told BBC Scotland.

"We've just got to go out to Vancouver in February and perform the best we can and hope all this hard work pays off."

Switzerland are in the final of the women's event in Aberdeen, with Denmark and Germany to fight it out for the right to meet them.

Eve Muirhead

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