Men's Session 4 Roundup

Italy defeated reigning world champions Norway Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Sweden men retained top position in the standings as they won their fourth consecutive game at Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 being held at the Palladium de Champéry in Champéry, Switzerland.

Sweden kept up their 100 percent record as they defeated Denmark 7-2 in Sunday evening's fourth session of men's round-robin play.

They opened the game with a score of two points in the first end and then scored another two points in the fifth end to take a 5-1 lead into the fifth end break.

Denmark could only gather another single point from the sixth end and, after blanking the seventh end, Sweden scored another two points in the eighth end for a score-line of 7-2 at which point Denmark conceded.

Following his win, Sweden skip Niklas Edin said: "It has been a fantastic start for our team, almost better than we expected actually. We're really happy with the start and the way we have played so far."

On the next sheet Italy gained their second win so far, beating reigning world champions Norway by 9-5.

The key end in building this winning score was the sixth end when, with Italy ahead by 5-3, they scored another three points to move to an 8-3 lead.

Norway blanked the seventh end and then scored two points in the eighth end, but a further single-point score by Italy in the ninth end for 9-5 persuaded Norway to concede the game.

Afterwards, Italy skip Joel Retornaz said: "We were really focused on this game. The team really played well. We had draw weight and were able to have Team Norway follow our game which is very difficult. That was the key to winning the game. I think they struggled a bit with their rocks which was a bonus for us."

Switzerland moved into second place behind Sweden with their 7-5 win over the Czech Republic.

In this game, the Swiss moved into a clear lead for the first time with a score of three points in the fourth end for a 4-1 lead and seemed to be in control until the ninth end.

With the score at 6-3 in favour of the Swiss, they gave up a steal of two points which allowed the Czech Republic to move up to just one point behind them at 5-6.

Swiss skip Sven Michel played around a tight guard with his first stone of the tenth end and then hit out the Czech counter with his second stone to score one point from the end and lead his team to a 7-5 win.

Latvia recorded their first win so far when they beat Scotland by 8-6. This result looked unlikely in the early stage of the game when Scotland scored four points in the second end to take a 4-1 lead.

Latvia fought back however, scoring two points in the third end and then following that up with a single point steal in the fifth end to go into the break level at 4-4.

Scotland moved ahead again in the sixth end with a single point for 5-4 but Latvia controlled the game after this, scoring two points in the seventh end and then stealing single points in both the eighth and ninth ends to go into the last end 8-5 up.

When Latvia skip Ritvars Gulbis hit out a Scottish stone with his last shot of the tenth end, it was enough to give Latvia their 8-6 victory.

After his win, the Latvian skip said: "We had to win this game. We studied Scotland's weak points in their previous games and we really used that to our advantage. It went right down to the last shot and we were pushing until then. It's nice to beat Scotland."

Russia faced Germany in this session and built an early lead, scoring one point in the opening end, took two points in the third end and then stole one point in the fourth end for a 4-1 lead.

The teams swapped single points for the next two ends for a 5-2 score-line.

Germany then blanked the seventh end and then scored one point to close the gap to 5-3 in the eighth end.

A single point steal in the ninth end brought Germany within one point of Russia, at 5-4 down, but in the tenth end, Russian skip Evgeny Arkhipov produced a cold draw with his last stone to score one point and seal his team's 6-4 win.

The next session of play will see the women return to the ice on Monday morning at 09:00 local time (CET).

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