Canada, one of the favourites to win this year's World Curling Championship, made a disappointing showing against Switzerland in the seventh draw of the tournament in Duluth, Minnesota in the U.
GV PAN ACROSS Teams curling
SV Match between Canada and Switzerland - Macduff (Canada) curling and his stone knocking Swiss stone from target area (2 shots)
SV Macduff rolling final stone in game to gain Canada's first win, making score 3-1 to Switzerland
SV Match between USA and Sweden - Bruce Roberts (USA) pushing team-mate's stone into target
CU USA stone marked by Swedish player
SV Swedish sweepers helping stone along ice, Swedish stone knocking USA stone from target ZOOM IN TO USA player marking Swedish stone
SV USA sweepers encouraging stone, which knocks Swedish stone out of target
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Background: Canada, one of the favourites to win this year's World Curling Championship, made a disappointing showing against Switzerland in the seventh draw of the tournament in Duluth, Minnesota in the U.S.A. on Thursday (25 March). Switzerland won the game 7-2.
Since the championships started in 1959 Canada has dominated the titles and has only been beaten by Scotland, United States, Sweden and last year, Switzerland.
This Swiss team is doing very well again this year and at the end of the seventh draw had won six games and lost one, bringing it into equal first place with the United States which had also won six and lost one.
The weakling tournament started on Monday and is taking the form of a "round robin" series of 45 games in which every team plays every other team. The semi-finals were to be played on Saturday (27 March) and the finals on Sunday (28 March).
Countries competing this year are Scotland, Canada, U.S.A., Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, France, Germany, Italy and denmark.
In the seventh draw Scotland beat France 5-3; Italy beat Denmark 8-6; Sweden beat U.S.A. 9-3; Switzerland beat Canada 7-3\2; Germany beat Norway 5-3.
SYNOPSIS: The ice rink at Duluth in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the seventh draw of the World Curling Championship played on Thursday.
This match is between two of the top teams - Canada and switzerland. Since the tournament started in 1959 Canada has only been beaten by Scotland, the United States, Sweden and last year, Switzerland.
Macduff for Canada seen rolling the final stone in for his team to gain Canada's first point. This brought the score to 3-1 in Switzerland's favour. The final score was 7-2 - a win for the Swiss team - which at the end of the draw brought them into equal first place with U.S.A.
In the next game the U.S. met Sweden and was heading for its first defeat in the series so far. At the end of three ends the Americans were long to the Swedes.
Since the tournament started on Monday the crowd had been cheering their home team on but on Thursday they decided to support the Swedish players.
The change of support seemed to irritate the U.S. skip,Bruce Roberts, who asked the referee to put a stop to the cheering.
As it happened the Swede's didn't need any extra support, they were playing on top form and went on to win 9-3.