Finland record first victory in Basel during session seven

  • Finland skip Aku Kauste delivers a stone during his team's opening win Photo: WCF / Céline Stucki

After three losses, Finland recorded their first win of the week when they beat Korea by 6-4 in Monday (4 April) afternoon's round-robin play at the World Men's Curling Championship 2016.

This was a solid performance by the Finns, who scored single points all the way through the game to build their score. The breakthrough came in seventh and eighth ends when they had single-point steals.

In this session, Canada faced Scotland. This was the latest edition of the oldest international fixture in curling, and in the fifth end Scotland's skip Tom Brewster hit-out a Canadian stone to score one point and go into the break level with Canada at 3-3. In the ninth end of the game, Canada's skip Kevin Koe scored two points with a hit on a Scottish stone to take a 5-3 lead. Scotland ran out of stones in the tenth end to give Canada the win, at 5-3.

Canada now join unbeaten defending champions Sweden – who sat the session out – at the top-of-the-table.

Norway faced Denmark and in the eighth end of the game, with the score tied at 4-4, Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud hit-out a Danish stone for a break-through score of three points that gave his team a 7-4 lead.

In the ninth end Denmark's skip Rasmus Stjerne responded with an angle-raise-double-takeout, but this only gave him two points, reducing Norway's lead to 7-6. In the tenth, Ulsrud hit-out again to score one point and win the game, with a final score of 8-6.

This was a fourth win for Norway but they have played one more game than joint-leaders Canada and Sweden and now move into a clear third place on the table.

Russia played USA in the fourth game of this session and in the seventh end of the game, their skip Alexey Tselousov played a hit to score two points and tie the game at 6-6. In the eighth end USA skip John Shuster hit-out a Russian stone to score one point and take a 7-6 lead. USA went on to win by 9-6. As a result of this win USA now share fifth place with Denmark and Switzerland, on two wins and one loss.

They Said It

Aku Kauste; Finland skip (after 6-4 win over Korea): “It’s a relief to finally get a good win. The first half was quite tough and the second half we played really well and put a lot of pressure on them. Yesterday we just couldn’t get any solid ends. If we had a good start, we would screw it up at one point. It was much better today.”

John Landsteiner; USA lead (after 9-6 win over Russia): "That’s a game we needed to win and we feel good about winning it. Now we go on to the next one against Sweden."

RESULTS, session 7

Korea 4-6 Finland; Norway 8-6 Denmark; Scotland 3-5 Canada; Russia 6-9 USA

STANDINGS after session 7

Canada 4-0
Sweden 4-0
Norway 4-1
Japan 3-1
Denmark 2-2
Switzerland 2-2
USA 2-2
Russia 2-3
Scotland 2-3
Finland 1-3
Germany 0-4
Korea 0-5

WCTV highlights: Next broadcast on Canada v Japan at 19.00 (CET, Monday 4 April)