Tie-breaker win sees Sweden into men's semi-finals

  • Swedish skip Niklas Edin happy to reach semi-finals Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

In Thursday afternoon's fourth-place tie-breaker of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2015 in the Granly Hockey Arena, Esbjerg, Denmark, defending champions Sweden beat Scotland by 8-7.

They now go on to face table-toppers Norway in one of Friday (27 November) afternoon's semi-finals, while second-placed Finland face third-placed Switzerland. Finland v Switzerland will be broadcast live, details below.

At the bottom end of the table, Italy beat the Czech Republic by 7-6 after an extra end in their eighth-place tie-breaker. With this win, the Italians secured a place in next season's A-Division, while the Czechs are relegated to the B-Division, along with tenth-placed Netherlands. Italy will now face a best-of-three challenge series against the eventual B-Division winners for the last available European place in this season's World Men’s Curling Championship 2016, in Basel, Switzerland next (2-10) April.

They Said It:

Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after 8-7 win over Scotland):

“We’re really happy to make the semi-finals. It was a long way there, but in the end we made the top four. We have two more games, the semi-finals first and then a Gold or Bronze game. No matter how it goes we will fight for the medals, so that’s what we’re going to aim for. I expect Norway to play very offensively, they have made very little mistakes so far. We want to do the same actually so it’s going to be a good battle.”

WCTV Highlights: next live broadcast, on http://www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv, today at 19.00 (CET), Russia v Denmark (Women's semi-final)

MEN'S RESULTS,tie-breakers:

Sweden 8-7 Scotland; Italy 7-6 Czech Republic.

MEN'S STANDINGS after tie-breakers (W - L):

1 Norway 9-0 - semi-finalist
2 Finland 5-4 - semi-finalist
3 Switzerland 5-4 - semi-finalist
4 Sweden 6-4
5 Scotland 5-5
6 Germany 4-5
7 Russia 4-5
8 Italy 4-6
9 Czech Republic 3-7 - relegated to B-Division 2016
10 Netherlands 2-7 - relegated to B-Division 2016