The Norwegian curlingutta with Steffen Walstad in the lead delivered a very strong match against Italia and won the whole 9-4.
The victory was unfortunately in vain. Denmark lost its match against the USA. Thus, it is the United States as the last semifinal place.
Before the match, Norway was dependent on Danish help if it was to become a semi-final place. They thus did not get it and have to go home without a medal.
Such were the battles:
Round 10: The USA beats Denmark and advances to the semifinals. Thus, Norway is unfortunately out, despite the victory against Italy.
Round 9: Italy goes against Norway and it will be a Norwegian 9-4 victory here. The Norwegian guys really did the job. Denmark takes two points and is below 7-5 now. Norway is dependent on Danish victory.
Round 8: Norway steals to new points! 7-4 lead now. It goes towards Norwegian victory, but this probably does not go Norway’s way anyway. The USA takes a new point in their match and leads 7-3.
7th round: On Norway’s penultimate stone in the round, Steffen Walstad delivers a sparkling stone.
– Ai, ai, ai, for a stone by Walstad. Wow. I have goosebumps. It was so beautiful. It was a pleasure, says Eurosport’s commentator.
Norway has three stones in the estate before Italy’s last and Norway finally steals two points here. Thus, Norway takes the lead 5-3!
Unfortunately, the USA has taken a 6-3 lead against Denmark.
Round 6: It will be an Italian takeout and the sixth round ends 0-0. Thus, it is still 4-3.
The same thing happens with the Danes and it is still 5-3 in the match.
5th round: Norway strikes back and takes a point with the last stone here. Italia leads 4-3 after five rounds.
Denmark also takes a point with the last stone. 5-3 to USA in that match.
4th round: Aiai, a new heavy Norwegian round and Italy pick two points. 4-2 to Italy here. Norway is in trouble.
And Norway gets no help from Denmark who loses the 4th round 3-0 and is below 5-2 now.
3rd round: Norway strikes back! With good Norwegian play and some Italian mistakes, Norway takes two points here. 2-2 after three rounds.
Unfortunately, the same thing happens in Denmark’s match. USA scores and equalizes to 2-2 in the match.
2nd round: Norway is put in a difficult situation before the last stone, and Italy steals a point here. Thus, Italy takes the lead 2-0.
Denmark copies Italy and also steals a point against the USA. Thus, they also lead 2-0. Good news for Norway.
1st round: Norway delivers a good round, but Italy has the last stone and sneaks it past Norway’s best. Thus, Italy takes the lead 1-0.
In the second match for Norway, Denmark takes the lead 1-0!
Before the game:
The Norwegian curling guys have to make that decision and the last group game match. After five losses, the semi-final hope hangs in the balance, but all hope is still not gone.
Norway must beat Italy, while Denmark must beat the United States if it is to be a semi-final for Norway.