Sweden defeat Canada in Semi-final to qualify for gold medal game

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Sweden v Canada Semi-final highlights from World Curling TV

Sweden beat Canada 6-3 in Saturday evening's sole Semi-final of the Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2015 and will now face defending champions Norway in Sunday afternoon's gold medal game in the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Canada.

Sweden skip Niklas Edin inspired his team to defeat Canada in the Semi-final Photo: WCF/CC/Niklas Edin

Consequently, Canada will play Finland for bronze medals on Sunday morning.

In the Semi-final, Sweden opened the scoring in the first end with a single-point steal when Canada's skip Pat Simmons had a complete miss with his second stone.

Canada levelled at 1-1 in the second end, but Sweden dominated after that.

They scored two points in the third end with a hit, and did the same again in the fifth end when a hit and stay gave them another two points for a 5-2 lead.

In the sixth end, Canada's skip Pat Simmons was just too long with his final draw, giving Sweden a steal of one point and a 6-2 lead.

Looking for a way into the game, Canada then blanked the seventh end but could only take one point from the eighth end, to reduce Sweden's lead to 6-3.

In the ninth end, Sweden skip Niklas Edin blanked with an audacious cross-house double take-out from the edge of the front ring to the edge of the back ring to keep the game in his control.

He then ran Canada out of stones in the tenth end to win and claim his place in the gold medal game.

After his victory, Edin said: "It's been quite a day today! We've had a great second half of this event and it only feels like we're getting stronger. Now we're looking forward to the final tomorrow. The way our team played we were never going to lose this game. I think that was the strongest performance from our team so far and I'm really proud of how we played today."

Looking forward to the final, which will be a rerun of the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships 2014 final played back in November, he said: "It's always going to be close against Norway. It will be a battle and I'm sure it will come down to the last stone of the tenth end. We're going to have to play at tonight's level if we're going to have any chance of winning."

Contemplating what will be his second successive bronze medal game, Canada's skip Pat Simmons said: "I think we'll reflect on last year and how poor it felt to not stand on the podium at all. We’ll come out and fight hard tomorrow for sure."

SCHEDULE (all times local, Atlantic Daylight Time)
Sunday 5 April, 2015
Bronze medal game:
Canada v Finland (10:00)
Gold medal game: Norway v Sweden (16:00)

RESULTS
Semi-final:
Sweden 6, Canada 3.

STANDINGS
Standings after Semi-final (W-L):

1. Norway 11-1 (To play Sweden in gold medal game)
2. Sweden 10-3 (To play Norway in gold medal game)
3. Canada 10-3 (To play Finland in bronze medal game)
4. Finland 7-6 (To play Canada in bronze medal game)
5. USA 6-6
6. Japan 5-6
7. Switzerland 5-6
8. China 4-7
9. Czech Republic 4-7
10. Italy 3-8
11. Scotland 3-8
12. Russia 2-9

Rankings are determined by rule C9 of the World Curling Federation's ‘The Rules of Curling and Rules of Competition’. Details can be obtained at www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations

Video Highlights: Highlights from games throughout the Championship will be available to watch courtesy of World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation.

WCTV will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Halifax. The full broadcast schedule is here: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmcc2015/schedule

In addition, curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2015 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

The 2016 Ford World Men's Curling Championship will be staged in Basel, Switzerland starting on Saturday 2nd April.