Japan record first win as Sweden go two-from-two

  • Japan second Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi Photo: WCF / Céline Stucki

Japan, under skip Yusuke Morozumi faced Germany's Alexander Baumann and his team in Sunday (3 April) morning's third session of round-robin play at the World Men's Curling Championship 2016, in Basel, Switzerland.

Both teams were still looking for their first win, and in the fifth end, Germany's Baumann had a complete miss with the final stone of the end to give Japan a steal of three points and a 7-1 lead. After this, Germany could do no more than score singles in the sixth and eighth ends as Japan went on to win by 8-3.

In the only other game of this session, hosts Switzerland faced defending champions Sweden and in the first end Switzerland 's skip Sven Michel played a hit-and-stay to score two points for the early lead. He built on that in the fourth end with a draw to score one from the end and move on to a 3-2 lead.

In the fifth end, Sweden's Niklas Edin played a double take-out to score two points and take a 4-3 lead into the break. Edin was able to build on this in the sixth end when a Swiss mistake allowed them to steal two points and move onto 6-3. Switzerland responded in the eighth end with a draw for two points that reduced the Swedish lead to just one point at 6-5, but, in the ninth end, Edin drew for three points to move the Swedish lead to 9-5. After this the Swiss conceded the game.

They Said It

Yusuke Morozumi; Japan skip (after 8-3 win over Germany): “We are very excited. Our team is very good. We had a bad start yesterday, but we want to qualify so we will do our best. We talked about sweeping problems and today it was better than the last game. This was the difference."

Niklas Edin; Sweden skip (after 9-5 win over Switzerland): “We were kind of nervous going into this event. Both games have been pretty close and we are fortunate to have won both of them, we fought hard and got the big break when we needed it. We will keep talking about how to approach the next game – I think we still need to step it up. Everyone can beat everyone on the ice here and you need to be focused on the game.”

RESULTS, session 3

Switzerland 5-9 Sweden; Germany 3-8 Japan

STANDINGS after session 3

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

WCTV highlights: Next broadcast on www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv Denmark v Canada at 14.00 (CET, Sunday 3 April)