Sweden and Scotland to compete for the Le Gruyère AOP European’s gold medals

  • Sweden beat Germany to progress to gold medal final © WCF / Richard Gray

Defending champions Sweden will play Scotland in Saturday’s (24 November) men’s gold medal final at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia, following their semi-final wins.

Sweden beat Germany by 6-3 while it took Scotland all the way to an extra end to get past Italy, by 9-6, in their semi-final.

In the Germany versus Sweden game, Germany were 2-0 down when, in the fourth end their skip Marc Muskatewitz drew his final stone into the house for one point to open his team’s scoring and reduce Sweden’s lead to 2-1.

In the fifth end Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin played a hit and roll take-out to score two points and extended his team’s lead to 4-1 at the half-time break.

Eventually, Sweden ran Germany out of stones in the tenth end to claim a 6-3 win and go onto Saturday’s final. Their skip Niklas Edin will be looking for a record fifth successive win in that final.

After the game, Edin said, “that felt really good. We didn’t want to take too many risks, but we felt we were playing well. When we got the 4-1 lead, we felt we were in cruise control.”

Speaking about his final opponents, he added, “Scotland was a tough game for us in the round-robin, we had to score three in the last end to beat them, so we’re going to have to play really well.”

And about his record attempt he said, “the record before our team was three in a row. Now, it seems you can’t get enough of this, but as long as we can keep this streak going, every one will feel as important as the last one.”

In the other semi-final, Scotland faced Italy and in the third end Italy’s skip Joel Retornaz drew his last stone into the house to score two points and take a 3-1 lead.

In the fourth end, Scotland’s skip Bruce Mouat [pictured below © WCF / Stephen Fisher] hit out an Italian stone to score two points and level the game at 3-3.

In the tenth end, with the score at 6-4 in Scotland’s favour, Italy’s Retornaz made a double take-out to score two points, level the game at 6-6, and force an extra end.

The Scots had last stone advantage in that extra end and, after keeping the end tidy, Mouat had a nose-hit on an Italian stone to score three points and win by 9-6.

Afterwards, Mouat said, “we’re so happy that we were able to come out and fight hard like that in a semi-final. We’re just over the moon to get to play in a final. I was gearing up for that sort of extra-end game. We had a great game against the in the round-robin and that went to an extra, so we were expecting much of the same.”

And about playing his last stone he said, “I was gearing up to play a bit of a tougher shot, not just a nose-hit… I thought I was maybe going to have to draw the four-foot. It was really nice to have an open hit. The guys played an awesome last end, Hammy made two perfect tics and the guys made their peels, it was great.” He added, “we know we can beat Sweden, we’ve beaten them before, so it’s not a new thing for us.“

The gold medal game between Sweden and Scotland will take place on Saturday afternoon at 15:00 Eastern European Time (EET) and before that Germany and Italy will play for bronze medals on Friday (23 November) evening at 19:00 EET.

Men’s semi-finals results: Germany 3-6 Sweden; Italy 6-9 Scotland

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