USA beat Japan in Page 3-4 game to secure semi-final berth

  • USA competing in the Page 3-4 game Photo: WCF / Céline Stucki

Japan and USA faced each other in Saturday (9 April) afternoon's Page 3-4 play-off game at the World Men's Curling Championship 2016 in Basel, Switzerland, with the winner going on to face Denmark in the sole semi-final [tonight at 19.00 (CET)] and the loser playing for Bronze against the semi-final loser [Sunday 10 April at 10.00 (CET)].

USA started the game with a single steal in the first end, but in the second end, Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi played a draw-shot into the house to score his team's first point of the game and level the score at 1-1. In the third end USA skip John Shuster was heavy with his final draw and this let Japan steal a single point and take a 2-1 lead.

USA chose to blank the fourth end and in the fifth, Morozumi produced a triple take-out that then forced USA's skip John Shuster to blank again.

In the sixth end Shuster was too heavy with a tap-back and this gave Japan another single-point steal for a 3-1 lead. USA returned to their blanking tactic in the seventh end and in the eighth there was some dispute about the position of a USA stone that was struck by another stone coming off the bumper. However, with the last stone of the end, Shuster drew into the house to score three points and take a 4-3 lead.

In the ninth end, Morozumi drew inside four USA stones to score one and level the game at 4-4. In the tenth end, USA's Shuster was left with a draw to score one point and win the game by 5-4. This result keeps the USA's title hopes alive as they now go on to face Denmark in the semi-final, with the winner of that game playing Canada for Gold – tomorrow at 15.00 (CET) – while the loser will play Japan for Bronze.

They Said It

John Shuster; USA skip (after 5-4 Page 3-4 win over Japan): "It was a hard battle. We squandered some opportunities early but then battled back late. [Speaking about the disputed stone re-positioning in the eighth end] It’s a tough situation. We watched the replay a bunch of times. If I would have ever thought that our rock was going out of the house, I would have never ever left it."

Kosuke Morozumi; Japan lead (after 4-5 Page 3-4 loss to USA): "We played really good but our shot in the eighth was a bit naive. We are feeling so sad right now, but we still have a journey to a medal so we will have a rest tonight, ready for tomorrow."

RESULT, Page 3-4 play-off

Japan 4-5 USA

STANDINGS after Page 3-4 play-off
Canada 11-1: qualified Gold Medal Game
Denmark 8-4: qualified semi-final
Japan 8-4: qualified Bronze Medal Game
USA 9-3: qualified semi-final
Norway 7-4
Sweden 6-5
Scotland 5-6
Finland 5-6
Switzerland 4-7
Russia 2-9
Korea 2-9
Germany 1-10

WCTV highlights Next broadcast on, semi-final, Denmark v USA at 19.00 (CET, Saturday 9 April)