Sweden and Switzerland win again to remain undefeated

  • Sweden win in extra end to remain undefeated Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

After four sessions of round-robin play, only two men’s teams – hosts Switzerland and defending champions Sweden – remain undefeated in joint top slot, although it took all the way to a final nose-hit in an extra end by skip Niklas Edin for Sweden to gain their 10-8 fourth win over Russia.

By contrast, Switzerland had a six-end 8-2 win over Italy on Monday morning, helped largely by a steal of four points in the fourth end.

Behind these two leaders, Norway and Scotland share third place on the scoreboard – Norway beat Slovakia by 7-2 in Monday’s fourth session, opening with two points in the first end and staying ahead on the scoreboard after that, while Scotland suffered their first loss at the hands of Germany. In this game, the Scots found themselves 3-0 down after three ends and, although they levelled the score at 4-4 in the seventh end, they left themselves too much to do.

The Netherlands beat Austria by 8-3, scoring three points in each of the third and eighth ends to build their score, meaning that they and Germany – both on two wins and two losses - are both still challenging strongly for semi-final places.

At this stage, both Austria and Slovakia are still seeking their first wins.

The next live game, on national broadcasters and World Curling TV (note geo-blocking applies), at these championships will be Russia v Switzerland women at 12:00, Central European Time (+1 hours, Greenwich Mean Time) on Monday (20 November) afternoon.

They said it

Alexander Baumann; skip, Germany (after 6-4 win over Scotland): "That was a great team performance. It’s so much easier for me to play my shots when they’re playing so well. We will see how we get on, we’re just taking it game by game."

Peter de Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 8-2 win over Italy): "We were fortunate that they made so many mistakes, the score did not reflect what it should have been, but we took full advantage. We still have a lot of good teams to play so it’s not going to be an easy ride. We’re only 4-0 and we’ve more than half the games to go."

Jaap van Dorp; skip, Netherlands (after 8-3 win over Austria): "We’re still absolutely on target for world qualification. We had a good game there against Austria, but we’re playing well in all our games. There’s plenty of games to go and we’ve got to keep the performance up. We’ve had a lot of competition games this year. That’s good for us and we’re pretty close to the other teams as to how we prepare."

Men’s session four results: Italy 2-8 Switzerland; Germany 6-4 Scotland; Netherlands 8-3 Austria; Slovakia 2-7 Norway; Russia 8-10 Sweden

Standings after men’s session four (W-L):

Switzerland 4-0
Sweden 4-0
Norway 3-1
Scotland 3-1
Germany 2-2
Netherlands 2-2
Italy 1-3
Russia 1-3
Austria 0-4
Slovakia 0-4

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of these championships via the World Curling Federation’s broadcast partners on Eurosport 1 and 2, Eurosport Player, Eurosport Asia Pacific, RTS, SRF and RSI (Switzerland), SVT (Sweden), TVP Sport (Poland), La Chaine Equipe (France), TSN (Canada), NBCSports (United States) and the Olympic Channel. Coverage will also be available on the event website, the World Curling Federation’s Facebook and YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV (note geo-blocking will apply in certain territories).

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