Men's Session 6 Roundup

Reigning world champions Norway defeated reigning European champions Switzerland Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Sweden maintained their 100 percent record when they beat Russia by 7-4 in Tuesday morning's sixth session of men's round-robin play at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships, which are being staged in Champery, Switzerland.

In this game, Russia held a 3-2 lead as the teams came to play the seventh end, but the Swedes then produced a game-changing score of four point to take a 6-3 lead on the way to their eventual 7-4 win.

After this, Sweden skip Niklas Edin talked about that all important seventh end. He said: "We were struggling a bit until that point and we felt we needed to go offensive and try to close the game. If we would let that end slip away and give them the hammer in the eight end, we might lose the game. When we made the perfect freeze around the corner we were sitting really good for two or three and the result, scoring four, really killed the game and we never gave them a chance to come back."

In the same session, current world champions Norway faced reigning European champions Switzerland, and it was the Norwegians who emerged on top.

They forced a steal of two points in the fifth end to go into the fifth end break 6-1 up and, although Switzerland scored two points in the seventh end to close the score to 6-3, Norway remained dominate to win by 7-3.

Following this win, Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud said: "It was definitely a big win for us. This is a tough day for Norway, playing Switzerland first and then Sweden second so to be able to beat Switzerland first is a big win for us. We had a couple of good breaks in the first couple of ends so we were off to a good lead before the break, especially in the fifth end when we stole two."

Italy faced Germany in what was a highly-charged game.

Germany took a 5-3 lead with a well-judged nudge-up in the sixth end and then Italy's fourth player Amos Mosaner delivered a perfect draw onto the button to score two points in the tenth end for an 8-7 win.

Denmark recorded their first win of the week when they beat Latvia by 8-6, thanks largely to scores of two points in the first, third and ninth ends.

Denmark skip, Rasmus Stjerne, was happy with his team's performance. He said: "It’s quite a relief (to get the first win). It’s been a tough five games. Coming out as a new team and wanting to get on the board and going all the way to the sixth game is quite hard. I think that mainly we struggled with the ice before. It seemed to slide straighter today and that plays to our favour in our release. It’s been mainly our slide technique, just grasping everything and nothing really works creating a spiral effect. It’s been a rough week."

Scotland meanwhile beat the Czech Republic by 6-5 with a tenth end single steal when Czech skip Jiri Snitil was just too heavy with his final draw.

After their win, Scotland skip David Edwards said: "Absolutely delighted by that. That was an absolutely massive win for us. The best performance of the week. I don't think over the last couple of days we've had a lot of rubs - you don't like to see someone making a mistake but to get that win is great."

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