Team GB’s women’s curling team remain in the hunt to qualify for the Winter Olympic semi-finals after a thrilling victory over Switzerland in Pyeongchang.

Eve Muirhead’s team badly needed a win to realistically maintain their hopes of progressing but looked to be heading for defeat after they dropped two shots in the ninth end to give the Swiss a 7-6 advantage.

But, faced with handing the Swiss the hammer in a pivotal extra end, Muirhead came up with a perfect stone to take two on the last and clinch a dramatic 8-7 victory.

Muirhead said: “I could see about an inch of that stone but it’s shots I practice every day.

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“I know you can make them nine times out of 10 in practice, but you’ve got to make it on the big stage.”

The British team now lie joint-fourth in the table – with the top four teams progressing to the knockout stage.

A record of five wins from nine is generally seen as good enough to grant at least a play-off for a last-four place, but the British team need one more victory and their last two games are against a strong Japan line-up and resurgent favourites Canada.

Kyle Smith's Great Britain team beat Denmark in a thriller
Kyle Smith’s Great Britain team beat Denmark in a thriller

Great Britain’s men find themselves in an almost identical situation, an exciting 7-6 win over Denmark in the Monday afternoon session boosting their record to 4-3 and also giving them a shot at the last four.

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After a difficult start on their first Olympic appearance, Kyle Smith’s team have recovered well, with successive 7-6 wins over Italy and now the Danes taking them from the brink of elimination to a possible place in the final four.

Holding the hammer but trailing by one heading into the last end, Smith capitalised on a Danish mistake to take the two points he needed to prevent his opponents taking the advantage into the extra end.

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