Daniela Jentsch helped Germany to bronze at the European Curling Championships today ©WCF/Steve Seixeiro

Germany claimed the bronze medal with two fantastic ends at the climax of their game with Russia, on the penultimate day of the European Curling Championships in the Norwegian town of Lillehammer.

Daniela Jentsch's rink - also consisting of Emira Abbes, Mia Höhne and Analena Jentsch - went into the bronze medal game having lost in the round-robin 7-4 to Alina Kovaleva's Russia.

Kovaleva's side scored an emphatic four points with the hammer early in their first game, but this would not happen again with a podium spot on the line.

This time, they prevailed 9-6, having been down by one with two ends to go.

Kovaleva - with her quartet of Julia Portunova, Galina Arsenkina and Ekaterina Kuzmina - took a lead, but their opponents matched them in the following end to the point where the score was 5-5 after six ends. 

Having blanked the seventh, Russia went up by one, only for Jentsch to score two to go up by one with an end to go.

Rather than the Russians going level with the hammer, the Germans stole for two and sealed the bronze medal.

The men's bronze medal game is to take place tomorrow, after Italy and Norway lost their respective semi-finals.

Scotland and Sweden are set to meet in both the men's and women's finals as the two countries have firmly put themselves at the forefront of European curling.

Bruce Mouat's Scotland remain unbeaten after ending their game with Norway during the ninth end by a score of 9-3.

Mouat - along with Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie and Hammy McMillan - were in control from the off, scoring three in the first end while holding Steffen Walstad's rink of Torger Nergaard, Markus Hoeiberg and Magnus Vaagberg to one with their hammer.

A score of one and a steal for two for Scotland made it a long road back for the Nordic nation who could only muster scores of one while continuing to be outscored.

Facing them in the final is the decorated rink of Niklas Edin, Oskar Eriksson, Rasmus Wranå and Christoffer Sundgren, who put Sweden into the final with a 6-3 victory over the Italian team of Joël Retornaz, Amos Mosaner, Sebastiano Arman and Simone Gonin.

Edin's team did not look their sharpest, having been nullified for the first half of the game by Italy.

A score of one was bettered in the fourth end by a score of two for Retornaz, who put his nation in front before the score went level in the fifth.

Italy went ahead by one again in the seventh, but Sweden took the lead by one in the ninth with two points and put the game to bed when it mattered with a steal for two in the final end.