Men's Session 5 Roundup

Russia's Alexey Stukalskiy delivers a stone during their victory against Denmark Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Sweden stayed on top of the standings as they maintained their unbeaten record with an 8-5 win over hosts and defending champions Switzerland in Monday afternoon's fifth session of men's round-robin play at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships, being held in Champery, Switzerland.

Switzerland started strongly, scoring two points in the first end, but Sweden came right back at them in the second end with a score of three points to take the lead.

Switzerland levelled the score at 3-3 with a single point in the third end but Sweden scored two points in the fourth end to re-establish their lead.

The Swiss then blanked the fifth end and could only take one point from the sixth end.

Sweden then moved further ahead through two points in the seventh end, for 7-4.

Another single point for Switzerland in the eighth end cut the Swedish lead, but they completed their win by blanking ninth end and then taking one more point in the tenth end for a final score of 8-5.

After this win, Swedish skip Edin said: "We are all having fun out there, making all the shots and helping each other in a positive way. So far it has been working really well. We had a rough start in this game and almost lost a three or four in the first end. But after that we played an almost perfect game."

Behind Sweden on the table, Germany, Italy, Norway and Russia all moved into joint second place, each on three wins and two losses along with Switzerland.

Germany beat Scotland in a tight game that turned on a multiple-promote shot by German skip Alexander Baumann in the ninth end that produced four points on the way to a 7-4 win.

Afterwards, Baumann said: "It feels great to have won that - a big game, a tight game against David (Edwards). The key shot was in the ninth end, the four."

Norway beat Latvia by 8-5, helped by scoring two points in the opening end and the eighth end as well as a three-point score in the fourth end.

Russia emerged as 8-6 winners over Denmark. To do so they had to come from behind as Denmark held a 4-3 lead after four ends.

After blanking the fifth end the Russians turned the table with a score of three points in the sixth end for a 6-4 lead.

Denmark could only score one point in the seventh end before a further two points by Russia gave them an 8-5 lead on their way to an 8-6 victory.

After this crucial win, Russian skip Evgeny Arkhipov said: "That win was very important. The sixth end was key for us because we were able to take three. Also the eighth end was important because we took two in that end."

Italy played the Czech Republic in this session and it was the Czechs who opened stronger, scoring two in the first end.

However Italy responded with a two points of their own in the second end.

Following this the Czech Republic added another point in the third end, but after this Italy blanked the fourth end and then moved clear with a score of three points in the fifth end.

After this the teams swapped single point scores for the rest of the game to give Italy a 7-6 win.

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