Men's Session 9 Roundup

Switzerland joined Sweden and Italy in the play-offs Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Switzerland joined Sweden and Italy in the play-offs following the conclusion of the men’s round-robin at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 being held in the Palladium de Champéry in Champéry, Switzerland.

Defending champions Switzerland sealed third place and a place in the play-offs thanks to a 7-6 win over Denmark in Wednesday evening’s ninth and final session of men’s round-robin play.

Speaking about his win over Denmark, Swiss skip Sven Michel said: "We were pretty nervous at the beginning, but in the end we played well, made the right calls and are happy to have made the play-offs."

Sweden completed their round-robin programme undefeated thanks to an 8-7 win over Germany while Russia beat Latvia by 12-6.

The Czech Republic carved out an extra end 8-7 win over world champions Norway, meaning that these two teams are tied in fourth place in the standings and will now play each other again in a Thursday afternoon tie-breaker to determine fourth place and complete the play-off line-up.

Czech Republic skip Jiri Snitil was clearly delighted with his team's win, saying: "Beating Norway, one of the best teams here, it’s fantastic. We are going to try to play the same game tomorrow but Norway are very experienced and they know how we play and they will adjust their game. I expect it to be a very difficult game tomorrow."

In the fifth game of the session, Italy beat Scotland 7-5 to finish in second position and earn themselves a 1v2 Page play-off game against first placed Sweden.

Italy’s win, together with the German loss against Sweden, means that Scotland and Germany are tied in seventh place.

With the eighth-placed team due to be challenged by the eventual B Division winner for the last European slot in next year's Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, Germany and Scotland will now face each other in a tie-breaker - again on Thursday afternoon - to determine seventh and eight position. The loser of this tie-breaker will face the winner of the B Division in a best of three games series.

In the B Division, both England and the Netherlands have qualified from the red group for the play-offs with six wins and one loss.

Finland men have also qualified from the blue group, with six wins and one loss while Hungary and Austria will play a tie-breaker game to determine who will receive the last men’s spot in the B Division play-offs.

In the women’s B Division, Norway, Austria and Italy have qualified for the play-offs, while Hungary and Turkey will play a tie-breaker to determine the final play-off spot.

The next session of play will see the A Division women return to the ice on Thursday morning for their final session of round-robin play at 09:00 local time (CET).

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