Hosts Canada through to World Curling final with win against Switzerland

Hosts Canada through to World Curling final with win against Switzerland
By Sportsbeat

07/04/2019 at 13:08Updated

Canadian skip Kevin Koe played his last stone to perfection as his team overcame Switzerland 6-5 in the World Men’s Curling Championships semi-final.

Sweden took an early 2-0 lead before good work from Benoit Schwarz ensured Switzerland were up 4-3 after eight ends.

But a double from Koe, followed by an equaliser from his Swiss counterpart, took the game into an extra end before the skip worked his magic.

A delighted Koe said: "Obviously, the last shot was outstanding. It was a tight game back and forth, we got all we could hope for, tied it up with the extra, and we just made it.

"It’s a dream come true to have this event here, the crowd’s been unbelievable and we’re happy to win for them.

"It’s so much fun, we’re just riding the momentum, and hopefully we’ve got one more in us."

Looking forward to the final, he added: "I can’t wait now, Sweden are one of the best teams in the world, they’re looking really solid.

"We’re looking forward to the challenge - if we’re going to win this, we’re going to have to earn it, and we wouldn’t want it any other way."

Canada will face defending champions Sweden for the gold medal after Niklas Edin's side recorded a convincing 8-2 win over Japan in the other semi-final.

The skip played a straight raise tap-out to score three points in the fourth end and extend Sweden's lead to 5-1 as they coasted to victory.

Speaking about the plan going into the game, Edin said: "We’ve played really well through the whole event up to this, so we tried to just talk about the small details and try to put everything together in one game here and I think we did just that.

"The three-pointer was big, and we were not going to let this one slip away from us at all. That was a really nice performance from the whole team."

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