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Redemption for Murdoch

David Murdoch banished the memories of his agony in Vancouver as Team GB booked a place in the men's curling semi-finals.

Murdoch was skip four years ago when Britain suffered a 7-6 loss to Sweden in a tie-break for the last four.

However, there was redemption for Murdoch this time around as he guided his side to a brilliant 6-5 victory over Norway in Sochi - with the 35-year-old keeping his cool at the death.

"It's incredible, our goal was to make the semi-finals and we're there and it's an amazing feeling," said Murdoch.

"The standard of that game was incredible, you missed one shot and that was the game over."

Britain's defeat to China and Norway's loss to Denmark in their final round robin match on Monday set up a play-off decider for the chance to face the Swedes in Wednesday's semi.

And a nail-biting affair went all the way, with Britain having to claw their way back from 4-2 down at the halfway stage.

The two rivals had exchanged points in the first four ends but Norway claimed two on the hammer in the fifth to put the pressure on Murdoch.

Precise

Blank ends in the sixth and seventh saw Britain take the hammer into the eighth, with Murdoch finally able to level the match.

Norway edged back in front in the ninth, although some good work from the British team limited them to just the one.

And that was to prove pivotal as a brilliant last stone saw Britain snatch victory - with Murdoch picking up two after a precise double takeout.

Murdoch could have opted for a simpler shot to level the match and force an extra end, however that would have handed Norway the hammer and he explained: "We've played these guys 100 times and the chance of stealing a point in the extra end are pretty slim.

"As hard as the shot was we just had to go for it. There was no margin for error, you couldn't be an inch wide. We just got everything right and it was a fantastic team effort.

"It will certainly go up there as one of my best shots ever. I just had to trust myself and have the courage to go for it. We never think about failure as a team, we only think about winning.

"It's a shot you don't make very often but we were confident."