Winter Olympics 2014: Great Britain men's curling team the comeback kings after thrilling 7-6 victory over Germany

The scores were tied at 6-6 heading into the final end but David Murdoch's side had enough in the tank to see off their German rivals and claim their second win of the Games

Great Britain men's curling team had to come from behind three times to beat Germany 7-6 in their third round-robin fixture of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

David Murdoch's rink of Scots had begun the competition at the Ice Cube Curling Center on Monday by beating hosts Russia 7-4 in the morning, but they came undone in their second match against Sweden, who triumphed 8-4.

Germany also proved to be difficult opponents, responding to the loss of a point in the first end to forge 3-1 ahead, but Great Britain dug deep into their reservoirs of experience before Murdoch's side eventually clinched the game in an absorbing 10th and final end.

 

It was a nervy end to the game for Team GB's men, but Murdoch is hoping his rink will start to build momentum.

However, he also knows his side have to be on their mettle from the first end of games.

"We are obviously pretty pumped up after winning," said Murdoch, featuring at his third Games.

"We spoke after the game and we were saying how we need to have that attitude for the rest of the games.

"We can't have a lackadaisical start. We need to come out firing a lot quicker.

"We really have to be a lot more pumped going into the first few ends and get on top of teams

"It was certainly a game of two halves. We had a terrible first half.

"The coach had a good talk to us about believing in ourselves and playing the way we can and I think we did that.

"We forced a lot more pressure on those guys and made them play some tough shots."

Murdoch explained just how easily his side could have come a cropper against a team who had to qualify for the Games.

"We didn't set up as well as we like to and we were caught out a couple of times," he said.

"We went for a couple of glory shots but we missed both of them by half an inch, which is hard to take but that is curling at times, it can see-saw.

"But we knew if we played well in the second half of the match we could get into it.

"From what I can see every team is pretty much at the top of their game, there are a lot of close scores.

"These Germany guys know what they are doing. They obviously did well to qualify to get here.

"They will certainly pick up some wins throughout the week."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Luis Suarez looks towards the crowd during the 2-1 victory over England
sport
Life and Style
Cheesecake frozen yoghurt by Constance and Mathilde Lorenzi
food + drinkThink outside the cool box for this summer’s frozen treats
News
John Barrowman kisses his male “bride” at a mock Gretna Green during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
peopleBarrowman's opening ceremony message to Commonwealth countries where he would be sent to prison for being gay
Sport
Sir Bradley Wiggins removes his silver medal after the podium ceremony for the men’s 4,000m team pursuit in Glasgow yesterday
Commonwealth games Disappointment for Sir Bradley in team pursuit final as England are forced to settle for silver
Sport
Alistair Brownlee (right) celebrates with his gold medal after winning the men’s triathlon alongside brother Jonny (left), who got silver
England's Jodie Stimpson won the women’s triathlon in the morning
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform