Curling

Germany and Czechs one win away from Sochi 2014

Germany and Czech Republic's men are just one win away from booking a spot at Sochi 2014 after qualifying for the 1v2 play-off at the World Curling Federation's Olympic Qualification event in Fuessen, Germany.

 
Germany and Czechs one win away from Sochi 2014 - CurlingImago
 

The winner of the 1v2 game will qualify directly for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games curling competition while the loser will play the winner of the tie-breaker between America and Sorea for the last remaining Olympic spot.

And Germany booked their place in the play-off with a thrilling win over Japan, with the game going into an extra end after the two nation’s were tied at 7-7.

But to the delight of the home crowd Germany's Felix Schiulze held his nerve with the last stone to secure the victory.

The result of this was that Germany, the Czech Republic, Korea and the USA all shared the same won five, lost two record.

Using their win-loss record among these four, Germany ranked first and the Czech Republic, who beat New Zealand 7-6, ranked second, meaning that these two will play the 1v2 play-off game on Saturday night.

USA, who beat Finland by 10-4, and Korea, 7-2 winners over France, will subsequently play in the tie-breaker to decide who finishes in third position on Saturday afternoon.

German skip John Jahr said: "After the very slow start we are very, very happy.

"We had a very good game, except maybe the last rock from Felix (Schulze) in the tenth end, but a very strong game – I am proud of my team.

"We just need to play better than the Czechs now. We have to play our game, make a game plan like we did at the Europeans, like we did here.

"We have to calm down, slow it down sometimes, then we have to speed it up. We have to play like this and if we do then I am sure we will have a good chance."

In the women's event it is China and Japan that will face off against each other in the 1v2 play-off and will meet on Sunday.

The winner will be able to look forward to Sochi 2014 while the loser will bid to secure the final spot as they play the winner of Norway and Germany who will face off in a tie-breaker.

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