Sweden and Canada take the lead after day two in Basel

  • Sweden in action against Germany Photo: WCF / Céline Stucki

Kevin Koe and his Canada team recorded their second successive extra end win – beating USA by 10-9 – to keep their unbeaten record going as they topped the rankings alongside defending champions Sweden after Sunday evening's fifth session of round-robin play at the World Men's Curling Championship 2016 in Basel, Switzerland.

In the ninth end of the USA – Canada game, USA skip John Shuster played a candidate for shot of the week, delivering a long raised-double-takeout to score three points and take a 9-7 lead into the tenth end. But, this was not enough as Canada eventually emerged as winners, scoring the one point needed for their win.

Defending world champions Sweden played Germany and in the eighth end of this game Germany's skip Alexander Baumann drew into the house to score two points to reduce Sweden's lead to 6-4. But, in the ninth end Sweden's Niklas Edin hit-out a German stone to score another two points and seal his team's 8-4 win. This was Sweden's third win, a victory that keeps their title defence on track.

Hosts, Switzerland faced Japan in this session and, in the second end, Switzerland's skip Sven Michel hit-out a Japan stone to score two points and take a 2-1 lead. In the third end, Japan scored two points to take the lead at 3-2 when their skip Yusuke Morozumi played a double angle-raise shot. In the fifth, Morozumi played another double angle-raise, this time scoring four points for a 7-4 lead. Switzerland's Michel then drew the last stone of the sixth end into the house to score one point to reduce Japan's lead to 7-5. Japan went on to win by 9-6.

Denmark faced Finland in the fourth game of this session and in the seventh end Denmark's skip Rasmus Stjerne played a raised-double-takeout to score three points and win the game by 9-2.


They Said It

Rasmus Stjerne; Denmark skip (after 9-2 win over Finland): "We thought we had this afternoon's game against Canada won and they fought back [to win in an extra end], but then we only had 30 minutes break and back-to-back games – it's really hard. I feel we did a great job getting back out there and really pounding. I'm really proud of the guys."

Kosuke Morozumi; Japan lead (after 9-6 win over Switzerland): “This is a big win because they [Switzerland] are the host country and they have a lot of people cheering for them. We are two wins and one loss now so it’s feeling good. [For the four in the fifth end] we threw very good and our skip made a great takeout.”

Kevin Koe; Canada skip (after 10-9 win over USA): “Two extra end wins. It's good that we never quit. We were down three [against Denmark earlier] and down two there too. We're making some shots and getting some breaks too, but in the old days we might not have come back like this.”


RESULTS, session 5

Japan 9-6 Switzerland; Canada 10-9 USA; Finland 2-9 Denmark; Sweden 8-4 Germany


STANDINGS after session 5

Canada 3-0
Sweden 3-0
Denmark 2-1
Japan 2-1
Norway 2-1
Russia 2-1
Scotland 2-1
Switzerland 1-2
USA 1-2
Finland 0-3
Germany 0-3
Korea 0-3


WCTV highlights: Next broadcast on www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv Germany v Norway at 09.00 (CET, Monday 4 April)