Men's Session 7 Roundup

Sweden qualified for the play-offs after beating Norway Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Sweden men are the first team to qualify for the play-offs at Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 being held at the Palladium de Champéry in Champéry, Switzerland.

Sweden resisted a strong challenge from world champions Norway to win their seventh men's round-robin game keeping their 100 percent record intact to qualify for the play-off games.

Norway took the early advantage, stealing a single point without last stone in the first end before going on to build a 4-2 lead at the fifth end break.

After this, Sweden took a single-point steal in the sixth end before scoring two in both the eighth and tenth ends to carve out a 7-6 win to make them the first team guaranteed to be in the play-off games.

After this game, Sweden skip Niklas Edin shared the key to their success so far. He said: "Having fun and great talent! We can make all the shots and we have a lot of potential as well, in hitting. I think all the teams really need to place their rocks well and if we make our shots, then we can get them flying. That’s a big key for us, just keeping that self-confidence up."

Italy are in clear second place in the rankings, thanks to their 8-2 win over Latvia - a game that featured scores of three points in both the third and fifth ends for the Italians.

Defending champions Switzerland kept their play-off hopes alive with a hard-fought 6-4 win over Germany.

Russia also enhanced their play-off hopes with a last stone 6-5 win over Scotland.

Crucial to this win was a score of three points in the sixth end as Russian skip Evgeny Arkhipov emphasised saying: "This was a very difficult game for us. We started out well, but the key moment for us was when we took three points in the sixth end."

After their 5-3 win over Denmark, the Czech Republic is one of three teams sharing sixth place (along with Germany and Scotland) hanging onto play-off hopes.

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