Germany beat defending champions to remain undefeated in Esbjerg

  • Germany celebrate their win over Sweden Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

Germany beat defending champions Sweden by 7-6 in Saturday (21 November) evening's second session of men's round-robin play at the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships 2015, in the Granly Hockey Arena, Esbjerg, Denmark. They now share the lead with Norway, who beat the Netherlands by 8-2 in the same session.

Germany opened their game against Sweden with two points in the first end. After this Sweden drew level at 3-3 in the fifth end and the teams stayed tied on 4-4 after seven ends. The teams were tied again on 6-6 after nine ends and German skip Alexander Baumann scored the one point needed for victory with the game's last stone in the tenth end.

Norway's second win – over the Netherlands – was a much more straightforward affair. They opened with a score of three in the first end and later stole three more points in the fifth end to go into the break with an 8-1 lead. The Dutch scored one point in the sixth end and then conceded.

In other games, Finland, Russia and Scotland all recorded their first wins. Finland beat Italy by 7-3 , scoring two points in each of the third, fifth and eighth ends. Russia's 8-6 win over Switzerland was completed with a score of three in the tenth end, while Scotland's 9-7 win over the Czech Republic was sealed with a nose-hit by their skip Kyle Smith with the last stone of the tenth end.

B-Division Highlights

Latvia continued their winning streak today (21 November), to become the lone team at the top the women’s B-Division standings, following a 10-8 win over Austria, this morning.

In the men’s B-Division, Denmark defeated Lithuania 6-2 to take the lead in Group A. Slovenia, also in Group A, had a first ever win at this level, following their promotion to the B-Division last month, beating Hungary, 9-8.

In Group B Austria and Israel remain undefeated after wins over Spain, 6-3, and England, 8-4, respectively.

They Said It:

Aku Kauste; skip, Finland (after 7-3 win over Italy):

"It was nice to win after the loss this morning. We played well the whole game and Italy could not take advantage of a few opportunities they had."

Kyle Smith; skip, Scotland (after 9-7 win over the Czech Republic):

“We had a good start but they had a good shot in the third end when we were looking like having a big score, which saved them. After that, it was a good game and there weren't many missed shots. We just had to stay patient and maybe we ran our luck at times – but we got control early on in the tenth end and we closed it out really well.”

Tomas Tisler; skip, Slovenia (after 9-8 win over Hungary):

"It is great, especially after yesterday's loss. We had some crucial misses, that's why we lost at the end, but today we just really-really focused, and put it together against - I think - a very strong team. Hungary is, I think, one of the favourites in this group. We played amazing, my team was great! Our goal is of course to stay here, in the B-Division. This is our first time here, so the goal is to stay here."

MEN'S RESULTS, Session 2:

Germany 7-6 Sweden; Scotland 9-7 Czech Republic; Netherlands 2-8 Norway; Finland 7-3 Italy; Switzerland 6-8 Russia.

MEN'S STANDINGS after Session 2 (W - L):

Germany 2-0
Norway 2-0
Finland 1-1
Italy 1-1
Netherlands 1-1
Russia 1-1
Scotland 1-1
Sweden 1-1
Czech Republic 0-2
Switzerland 0-2