Germany beat Russia for first 2016 World Men’s win

  • Germany celebrate first win in Basel, Switzerland Photo: WCF / Céline Stucki

Germany recorded their first win, beating Russia by 7-2, while defending champions Sweden suffered their third successive defeat in Tuesday ( 5 April) afternoon's round-robin session of play.

Germany had suffered six straight losses before this and had changed their team line-up, with regular second player Marc Mustatewitz skipping. It was Germany who took the early advantage, with single-point steals in the second and third ends for a 2-0 lead. The teams came out from the half-time break with Germany having another single-point steal in the sixth end for a 4-1 lead. They scored three more points in the eighth for a 7-2 win that lifts them off the bottom-of-the-table.

Defending champions Sweden met Norway in this session – in a re-run of last year's final. The lead changed hands four times in this game. Sweden opened with a steal of one point in the first end, but Norway scored two in the third end for a 2-1 lead when their skip Thomas Ulsrud hit-out a Swedish stone. In the second half of the game, Norway carved out two single points steals – in the eighth and ninth ends – to claim a 6-4 victory and revenge for last year's final.

Switzerland returned to winning ways as their skip drew his last stone of an extra end into the house to score one point for a 5-4 victory over Scotland, while Japan scored two points in both the fifth and ninth ends of their game against Korea to win by 6-3 – a result that gives them their fourth win, but leaves Korea still without a win.

They Said It

Marc Muskatewitz; Germany skip (after 7-2 win over Russia) : “We feel amazing because we've lost six games in a row and now this is a change and it’s great. We changed the complete team setup, changing the skipping between Alex [Baumann] and me.”

Thomas Ulsrud; Norway skip (after 6-4 win over Sweden) : “Sweden is our neighbour and this is our rivalry. We are all good friends off the ice, but we've had a lot of tough matches against Sweden, so it always feels good to beat them. I’m pretty sure they will be there at the end of the week for the play-offs, so we may have to beat them one more time.”

Sven Michel; Switzerland skip (after 5-4 win over Scotland) : “It feels good. We struggled so much in the last three games and finally we won again. We played smarter than this morning, and didn’t take that many risks. We made all the key shots – that was the difference between now and this morning.”

RESULTS, session 10

Switzerland 5-4 Scotland; Germany 7-2 Russia; Japan 6-3 Korea; Sweden 4-6 Norway

STANDINGS after session 10

Canada 6-0
Norway 5-1
Denmark 4-2
USA 4-2
Japan 4-3
Sweden 4-3
Finland 3-3
Switzerland 3-4
Russia 2-4
Scotland 2-4
Germany 1-6
Korea 0-6

Next broadcast on Russia v Canada at 19.00 (CET, Tuesday 5 April)