It was Germany who ran away with the lead of the match. In the second round, Magnus Ramsfjell’s team picked up two points, but the German team secured three points in the third.
Norway took two points in rounds four and seven, and before the tenth and final round it was 8-6 to Germany. Norway had a continued opportunity to win the match.
At the end of the round, Germany had the three best locations in the estate and Ramsfjell was given an almost impossible task when he put his last stone. It ended with a 10-6 victory for the German team.
Nine matches have given Norway five victories and as many losses.
Big win against Denmark
Against Denmark earlier in the day, Norway took points in the first half. Then the Danes hit back with a similar count and equalized the settlement, and in the ensuing round they took the lead 3-2 by “stealing” a point when Norway had the last stone.
The Norwegian team countered with two points, but again the opponent responded with the same coin. It was only in the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds that Ramsfjell and co. moved properly from that point in each of them.
Denmark then reduced to 6-10, but then did not play a game round.
Martin Sesaker, Bendik Ramsfjell and Gaute Nepstad are also on the Norwegian team.
The victory against Denmark strengthened the playoff hope and led Magnus Ramsfjell’s team in among the top six on the table. The loss against Germany sent them down to a shared eighth place, a place Norway shares with Germany.
The two best after the basic game go straight to the semifinals, while the next four will go into the rematch for the last two places. Norway meets Italy and Sweden on Friday and must win for an opportunity to move on.