Both the Algarve Cup and the Cyprus Cup kicked off on Wednesday and both featured surprising results. In Portugal, Iceland defeated Sweden, which is expected to be a contender at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, 2-1 at the Algarve Cup. In Cyprus, Holland embarrassed World Cup-bound New Zealand 4-1.
The United States topped Japan 2-1 in the Algarve Cup, but the most significant accomplishment of the day came in Cyprus, where England midfielder Kelly Smith earned her 100th cap. She scored on a penalty kick in the 38th minute while wearing the captain’s armband in honor of her historic accomplishment. Check out the English FA’s report here.
Also, check out my guest column on www.womensprosoccer.com discussing key business aspects for WPS to monitor in 2011.
Group A: United States 2-1 Japan, Norway 2-1 Finland
Group B: Iceland 2-1 Sweden, Denmark 1-0 China
Group C: Romania 2-0 Chile, Portugal 3-1 Wales
Group 1: England 2-0 Italy, Canada 1-0 Scotland
Group 2: Holand 4-1 New Zealand, France 2-0 Switzerland
Group 3: South Korea 3-1 Northern Ireland, Mexico 0-0 Russia
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