Page 3v4 Play-off Roundup
Sweden beat Switzerland 5-2 in Friday evening's third versus fourth Page Play-off game at the CPT World Men's Curling Championship 2014, presented by Ford of Canada, a result that puts them into Saturday's semi-final and keeps their title hopes alive.
Having lost this game, Switzerland will now play the semi-final losers for bronze medals on Sunday morning, all games being played in Beijing’s Capital Gymnasium in China.
The rest of the Page Play-off scenario will be completed on Saturday morning, when round-robin leaders Norway face second-placed Canada in the Page one versus two Play-off, with the winner going straight into Sunday's gold medal game.
Meanwhile, the losers of that game will have a second chance to reach the final by playing Sweden in the semi-final on Saturday evening.
To reach the Play-offs, Sweden had earlier beaten Japan by 8-7 in a tie-breaker to determine fourth place and take the last available Page Play-off slot.
Having finished third in the rankings, Switzerland opened with last stone advantage but they could only score one point in the first end instead of two when their fourth player Benoit Schwarz could not keep his own stone in the house after hitting and rolling out.
Sweden opened their account with a draw-shot from Oskar Eriksson in the second end which, after a measure by the umpire, was judged to have scored two points to give his team a 2-1 lead.
After blanking the third end, Switzerland's Schwarz came up light with his final effort in the fourth end to hand Sweden a steal of two points and a 4-1 lead.
The Swiss then blanked the fifth and sixth ends, but in the seventh end, Schwarz was facing four Swedish stones in the house when he came to play his last. He was forced to play a hit and stay for just one point to reduce the Swedish lead to 4-2.
Sweden blanked the eighth end and in the ninth end, Sweden's Eriksson had his last stone swept all the way and, when it reached the house, it nudged out a Swiss stone to score one point for a 5-2 lead. After this, Sweden ran Switzerland out of stones in the tenth end.
Afterwards, Sweden skip Oskar Erikkson said: “It feels awesome to be in the semi-final. That was such a good game for us – getting that steal of two in the fourth end, that was really big. Then we could play simple curling."
Looking forward he added: “Hopefully we can win two more games. It would mean everything to us, to win a World Championship. It’s almost the biggest thing you can win in the sport, it would be really awesome."
And mindful, that his countryman Niklas Edin is the current world champion, he said simply: "I’ve got big shoes to fill.”
Tie-breaker: Japan 7, Sweden 8.
Page 3v4 Play-off: Sweden 5, Switzerland 2.
After Page 3v4 Play-off:
1. Norway (To play Canada in Page 1v2 Play-off)
2. Canada (To play Norway in Page 1v2 Play-off)
3. Sweden (To play loser of Page 1v2 in semi-final)
4. Switzerland (To play loser of semi-final in bronze medal game)
7. Czech Republic
SCHEDULE (all times local CST)
Saturday 5 April
11:00 - 1v2 Play-off: Norway v Canada
16:00 - Semi-final: Loser of 1v2 v Sweden
Sunday 6 April
10:00 Bronze Medal Game: Loser of semi-final v Switzerland
15:00 Gold Medal Game
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