Also in today’s Roundup, Algarve Cup and Cyprus Cup coverage from day 2 and NWSL preseason continues to take shape
In a re-match of the 2017 UEFA European Championship match, Netherlands took home the victory by a score of 3-2 over Denmark in on Friday in the Algarve Cup. Pernille Harder opened scoring in the 19th minute with a low strike to give Denmark the initial 1-0 lead early on. Shortly thereafter, the Netherlands answered in the 31st minute with a goal from Cheyenne van den Goorbergh to tie the score at 1-1. Three minutes later, Denmark took the lead once again thanks to Frederikke Thogersen who put one away for the Danish side. Denmark then took the 2-1 advantage into the locker room for the halftime break. The second half kicked off with nearly 30 scoreless minutes until the Netherlands tied it up once again. In the 78th minute Lieke Martens put one away with her head to even out the score line at 2-2. With both teams pushing in the last ten minutes to get a goal of their own, it was Netherlands who eventually took away the win. In the 94th minute a cross was unable to be cleared out and deflected off a Danish defender and into the back of the net to give the Netherlands the 3-2 advantage when the whistle blew. The Netherlands now sit at the top of Group C with six points. Denmark is currently in the third position in the group.
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Elsewhere in Algarve Cup action…
Group C: Japan 2-1 Iceland: A goal in each half was all Japan needed to lock in it’s first win of the Algarve Cup. After a big loss to Netherlands on Wednesday, Yuika Sugasawa and Rumi Utsugi scored for Japan in the 16th and 86th minutes respectively to walk away with three points. Viggosdottir of Iceland scored in the 74th minute to tie it at 1-1 but Iceland was unable to even the score line once again after Utsugi’s 86th minute goal. Japan’s victory put them in the second spot in the Group C table, behind the Netherlands.
Group A: Portugal 0-0 Australia: After wins in the first round of group play, Portugal and Australia had to settled for a tie as 90 minutes came to a close at a score line of 0-0. The Matildas were unable to find the same offensive rhythm that they had in their opening 4-3 win over Norway as Portugal was able to hold them scoreless through the entire match. Controversy arose when Chloe Logarzo was tripped in what appeared to be inside the box to warrant a penalty kick, but the referee ruled it outside, denying the PK opportunity. The game marked the 100th cap for defender Clare Polkinghorn. Despite the tie, Australia still remains at the top of Group A.
Group A: Norway 2-0 China PR: Norway capitalized on two chances to solidify a 2-0 victory over China in the second round of group play. Ingrid Engen and Maren Mjelde both scored for Norway in the 25th and 89th minutes respectively. The win for Norway marked their first victory of the tournament and the loss for China was their second straight loss in the group stage.
Group B: Canada 1-0 Russia: Christine Sinclair 25th minute goal was all Canada needed to secure the victory against Russia. This was an important rebound for a Canadian team who dropped the first game of the tournament 3-1 to Sweden, however it might be too little too late to advance out of the group. After day 2 action, Canada sits in third place in the group with three points. Both Sweden and South Korea sit in front of the Canadians with four points each.
Group B: Sweden 1-1 South Korea: Sweden and South Korea each scored one a piece in a 1-1 draw in the second game of the Algarve Cup. Sweden was on the board first in the 19th minute thanks to Stina Blackstenius. Lee Mi-Na tied it up in the 33rd minute for South Korea. Teams took the 1-1 scoreline into the halftime break. The second 45 minutes was scoreless and the game ended after 90 deadlocked at 1-1.
And in Friday Cyprus Cup action:
Group A: Italy 2-0 Wales: Italy secured it’s second consecutive convincing win in Group A of the Cyprus Cup by beating Wales 3-0. Cristiana Girelli scored two goals in the first half to give Italy a 2-0 advantage at the half. Girelli now has four goals in two games for the Italians. Greta Adami solidified the win in the 86th minute, putting Italy up over Wales by three. Wales, who won its first game 1-0 over Finland, walked away from this one empty handed.
Group A: Switzerland 4-0 Finland: After falling 3-0 to Italy in the opening match, Switzerland bounced back with flying colors defeating Finland with a convincing 4-0 win. Although Switzerland only led 1-0 at the half thanks to Kathrin Lehmann’s tally, their explosive second half locked in the win. Marilena Widmer, Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic and Vanessa Bernauer added the final three in the second half.
Group B: Austria 2-0 Czech Republic: Two second half goals only minutes apart from Austrian midfielder Laura Feiersinger did the trick for Austria to walk away from match day two with three points over the Czech Republic. After an opening loss to Spain, Feiersinger lead Austria to its first points of the tournament. Czech Republic walked away with zero points from this game after the defeat but remain in decent standing due to their first round win over Belgium.
Group B: Spain 0-0 Belgium: In more Group B action, Spain and Belgium tied 0-0 after 90 minutes of play. Spain takes home the tie after their win in the first round and the draw for Belgium comes after a loss at the onset.
Group C: North Korea 1-0 Slovakia: A second half 60th minute goal from Kim Phjong-hwa was all that North Korea needed to take home three points from it’s second game of the tournament. The North Koreans now have six points through two games whereas Slovakia’s loss leaves them with only one point through two games thanks to this loss and their opening tie.
Group C: South Africa 1-0 Hungary: Thembi Kgatlana’s 21st minute goal gave South Africa the win over Hungary on Friday. The victory is South Africa’s first of the tournament this year after they tied their opening match against Slovakia 0-0. For Hungary, the loss was their second consecutive in group play.
And in NWSL preseason action:
Orlando Pride 2-3 Florida State: The Pride, missing nine players to international duty, dropped their preseason opener 3-2 to Florida State on Wednesday. FIFA Player of the Year finalist Deyna Castellanos scored twice for the Seminoles including the winner in the 89th minute. The Pride goals came from newly acquired Sydney Leroux in her first match in purple, and non-roster invitee Trudi Carter. Kaycie Tillman also scored for Florida State.
“I was happy with the game. It was always going to be difficult,” Pride coach Tom Sermanni said. “Having nine players away on international duty has really decimated the squad a little bit. We put a team out tonight with players playing all sorts of positions, players that haven’t played with each other and players that just got to meet each other before the game. So, considering all of those things, I was really happy with the effort and how the team went and pleased that we gave Florida State competition.”
Leroux was one of several Pride players that suited up for the club for the first time. Goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer, defender Carson Pickett, and midfielder Christine Nairn were in the same boat. That trio was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Reign.
ORL – Sydney Leroux 8’
FSU – Deyna Castellanos (PK) 33’
FSU – Kaycie Tillman 49’
ORL – Trudi Carter 80’
FSU – Deyna Castellanos 89′
Orlando Lineup: Haley Kopmeyer; Bridget Callahan* (Claire Oates* 31’), Ali Krieger (Carson Pickett 76’), Toni Pressley (Sarah Inserra*), Carson Pickett (Kayla Adamek*); Dani Weatherholt (Bridget Callahan* 48’, Chioma Ubogagu 76’), Danica Evans (Dani Weatherholt 61’), Christine Nairn (Jessica Hamrick*); Rachel Hill (Hikaru Murakami* 48’), Sydney Leroux (Trudi Carter*), Chioma Ubogagu (Julia Moore*)
North Carolina Courage 4-0 North Carolina State: The Shield holders came away with an auspicious, 4-0 victory over North Carolina State. Darian Jenkins, the No. 7 pick in 2017 who missed her entire rookie season through injury, scored her third goal in two preseason matches. And Ryan Williams, the last of 40 players taken in the 2018 draft, hit the scoresheet as well. Jess McDonald and Kristen Hamilton also scored for the Courage.