Losing run over for Brazil in World Mixed Curling Championships

Losing run over for Brazil in World Mixed Curling Championships
By Sportsbeat

10/10/2017 at 19:31Updated

Brazil's three-year wait for a World Mixed Curling Championships victory is finally over after getting the better of France in convincing fashion, in Switzerland.

Never before had success come on the ice but that all changed in session 16 – racing into a 4-0 lead as early as two ends to put themselves in a position from which they never looked back.

Two more points saw them move 6-1 ahead, with the game finally coming to a halt with Brazil 7-3 to the good and an impressive way to make history.

"It feels really great. It's taken so much time, three years, to get that first win but finally we got it," said skip Marcelo Cabral de Mello.

"We began very well, they took a little time to get used to the ice and we profited from that. Now that we've got our first victory we can enjoy it and go for another one [against Belarus].

"Getting that first win wasn't easy. The longer it went on the more pressure we felt, but now we have it we can go out and play more relaxed tomorrow."

Meanwhile there was a first win of the competition for England, ending their run of three straight defeats by beating Germany 7-5 in the day's third session.

That same round of matches saw Scotland strengthen their chance of a play-off place with a 10-4 Group C win over Denmark, while Norway and hosts Switzerland took the honours in Group D.

That Norway victory saw group leaders Israel lose for the first time, with four teams now left standing with 100 per cent records.

That includes Sweden who got a fourth win from four, this one over Latvia 6-3, while Canada maintained their flying Group E start after a narrow win over Australia.

But the biggest win of the day was to come in the early session, as debutants Kazakhstan continued to find the going tough with a 15-1 loss to Denmark, the game concluding after just six ends.