Round-up: Day 4 - FIN & SUI qualify for Quarter-finals

Finnish second, Pekka Peura, and his team were the first to qualify for the Quarter-finals Photo: Ken Sinclair

Finland and Switzerland qualified for the Quarter-finals of the European Mixed Curling Championship 2013 being held in Edinburgh, Scotland following their round-robin results today.

Both teams were the amongst the first to qualify for the play-off stages of the Championship following another four sessions of play held throughout the course of the day at Murrayfield Curling Rink.

In the morning session (08:30), Germany continued their fine form with a 10-3 victory over Belarus in six ends. Germany raced into the lead, scoring three points in the first end before stealing another four points in the second end.

After this win, Germany skip, Andy Kapp, said: "We played solid throughout all positions. We're really happy with the ice conditions - Scott (Henderson, the Chief Ice Technician) is doing a really good job and I think we have found out the differences in stones really quickly - you can tell on ice this good. So we're happy but we still have Latvia, the Czech Republic and Hungary still to play so we need to keep our performance levels up for the rest of the round-robin."

He added: "We just go out and have fun on the ice. We never put any pressure on ourselves so we are not really nervous. When we are on the ice it all clicks together thankfully."

Scotland kept up the pressure on Germany in Group A with a 7-2 win against Latvia in seven ends, scoring four points in the last two ends to seal their win.

Finland meanwhile made it five wins from five as they defeated Ireland 7-3 in seven ends.

Slovakia picked up their second win of the week at the expensive of Slovenia, who have yet to win at this Championship. Scores of three points in both the third and seventh ends helped Slovakia secure their 8-3 win.

Hungary also kept themselves in the play-off hunt as they defeated Romania 9-3 in seven ends, the final blow coming in the seventh end when Hungary scored four points after Romania skip Allen Coliban was light with an attempted freeze as he attempted to steal.

The final game of the morning session saw the Czech Republic defeat Poland 8-3 in seven ends.

The afternoon session, which began at 12:30, saw Sweden surrender their 100% win record as they lost to Switzerland. After picking up four points in the first end and another three points in the third end, Switzerland never looked back as they went on to win the game 12-6 in seven ends to keep the pressure on Group B leaders Sweden.

After the game, Swiss skip, Marc Pfister, said: "That was a very important win for us. We tried our best and I think we were lucky to win. We played very well but our defensive play was not so good so it turned out to be a very offensive game."

He added: "It's our goal to get to the play-offs but because this is our first time here at the European Mixed Curling Championship we do not know how strong the other teams are, so we will enjoy every game and hope for the best."

Wales meanwhile secured the biggest deficit win of this session, defeating British rivals England 10-2 in seven ends. The Welsh team, skipped by 2007 European Mixed Curling Championship gold medal winner, Adrian Meikle, gained an advantage in the fifth end when they stole two points. Thereafter they scored another four points in the seventh end which forced England to concede in the next end.

Austria kept their sites set on the play-offs as they picked up their third win of the Championship, bouncing back from yesterday afternoon's defeat to Finland.

They didn't find it easy going against a resilient Turkish team who put in one of their best performances of the tournament so far. It wasn't enough however as Austria eventually won 8-5 after the regulation eight ends of play.

Norway also kept in contention for the play-offs after emerging from a close game against Estonia to win 10-7 after an extra end.

Russia meanwhile picked up their second win with an 8-5 win over Spain in seven ends.

In the early evening session at 16:30, Finland booked their place in the Quarter-finals as they defeated Denmark 6-4. Although Denmark can still match Finland's win-loss record, the head to head result in the round-robin game guarantees Finland would finish in first position in Group C.

The other games in Group C held at this time saw Italy defeat Ireland 7-6 in eight ends in what was an extremely competitive game. This latest win for Italy still gives them hope of reaching the play-offs should other results go their way.

Scotland meanwhile got off to the perfect start against Romania, scoring five points in the first end. Ewan MacDonald's eventually won 10-2 in six ends and take two wins from two today.

Germany won their second game of the day as well with their sixth win of the Championship, this time against Latvia, 9-4 in seven ends.

In addition to the Germany v Latvia game, two other group A games took place at this time, with Hungary defeating Belarus 6-5 in eight ends to keep themselves in with a chance of reaching the play-offs as well.

The other game saw Poland picking up their first win of the Championship, 6-5 in seven ends against France.

In the late evening game which began at 20:30, Switzerland confirmed their place in the Quarter-finals with a 7-4 win against Wales in eight ends.

Combined with Sweden's 6-4 eight end loss to England in this session and Switzerland's win against the Swedes earlier in the round-robin, they will finish at the top of Group B regardless of the outcome of their final round-robin game against England tomorrow.

Spain bounced back from two defeats in a row to win 11-5 in seven ends against an Estonian team, skipped by Erkki Lill, still looking for a win at this Championship.

Russia were another team to take two wins from two today as they defeated Norway 8-2 in six ends, by in large thanks to a score of four points in the third end.

The Group B results from this session mean that third position in the group is still up for grabs with one game still to play for all teams in this group tomorrow.

The other games in this session saw Austria finish the fourth day of play at the Championship in third position in Group C with one more game to play following their 8-1 seven end win over Slovenia.

Turkey meanwhile are still looking for that elusive win as they went down 5-3 to Slovakia in eight ends.

Each team still still have games remaining which will determine who will make the final play-off spots. These games will be played over three sessions of play tomorrow (10:00; 14:30 and 19:00).

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