WJCC 2013 Men: Day 7 Report

The Czech Republic took Scotland right to the wire Photo: WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik

With just one round-robin game left to play on Thursday, it is still unclear which of five teams will make it through to the men's Page Play-off section of the World Junior Curling Championships, being staged in Sochi, Russia.

Scotland did their campaign no harm at all with two wins on Wednesday, beating Sweden by 6-5 in the morning and following that up with another tight win, this time by 5-4 over the bottom-placed Czech Republic.

These results put Scotland on the top of the table for the moment, on seven wins, but breathing down their necks - on six wins each - are Russia, who beat the Czechs by 10-3 in the morning session in what was their only game today; Canada, who beat Norway by 9-6 in their only game on Wednesday, in the evening session; and Sweden, who concluded their round-robin programme with a 5-4 victory over Switzerland after losing to Scotland.

Scotland, Russia and Canada, as well as Norway - who, on five wins cannot yet be discounted, all play in the final session, while Sweden can only sit and wait.

After his win against Switzerland, Swedish skip, Gustav Eskilsson, said: "We were under a lot of pressure tonight. We didn’t play very well at the start, but it feels really good now. We all knew that we had to win to still be in the tournament. We just tried to keep calm, I think we’ve been really calm all week and I think that has been one of our biggest strengths.”

The main crunch game in the closing session sees Russia line-up against Norway, a game which is a must-win for the Norwegians.

Scotland, the only team assured of qualification at the moment, face the USA, and a win would see them rank as clear number one to go into the 1-2 Page Play-off. Looking forward to that, Scottish skip, Kyle Smith, said after the Czech game: "One more win tomorrow and we'll be exactly where we want to be."

Canada go in against China knowing that a win would give them at least a tie-breaker, while China are effectively playing for pride, as will be Switzerland and Italy who meet in the fourth game of the concluding session.

China lost both their games on Wednesday, the first a 6-4 defeat to Italy in the morning and then 8-1 in seven ends to the USA in the evening. These two victories saw both Italy and USA finish the day in joint sixth position with a record of 4-4 with one game left for them to play.

After his win against Norway, Canadian skip, Matt Dunstone, reflected on the win that kept their play-off hopes alive and looked forward to his last game. He said: "We know that we can do better than that, but we still had control of the game. That was the positive that we took out of that," adding: "Win and we're in. We just have to do our job there and the rest can sort itself out. We just have to keep it up for tomorrow."

By contrast with the scrap for qualifying places above them, Wednesday's two losses for the Czech Republic meant that they finished their round-robin programme without a win, making them the lowest-ranked European team, now relegated to next season's European Curling Challenge.

RESULTS
Session 10: Scotland 6, Sweden 5; Italy 6, China 4; Czech Republic 3, Russia 10.

Session 11: China 1, USA 8; Switzerland 4, Sweden 5; Norway 6, Canada 9; Scotland 5, Czech Republic 4.

Standings after 11 sessions:
Scotland won 7, lost 1
Canada 6-2
Russia 6-2
Sweden 6-3
Norway 5-3
Italy 4-4
USA 4-4
Switzerland 2-6
China 1-7
Czech Republic 0-9

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The live coverage schedule is available along with news, live scores, shot by shot and galleries on the event website: http://wjcc2013.worldcurling.net

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The World Junior Curling Championships 2014 will take place in Flims, Switzerland, from 26 February to 5 March 2014 in the Waldhaus Curling Arena.

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