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USA, Germany set for Algarve Cup final

The United States will face Germany in Wednesday's Algarve Cup final. (Copyright Patricia Giobetti | http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

The United States and Germany will square off in the Algarve Cup final on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET from Faro, Portugal. The US (2-0-1) advanced to the final by winning Group B, while Germany (2-0-1) won Group A.

Germany are the defending champions after beating Japan 4-3 in last year’s final, quietly one of the best international matches of the year. This will be the third meeting between the US and Germany in the last five months after they tied 1-1 in Chicago on Oct. 20 and again three days later in East Hartford, Conn., that time by a score of 2-2. Despite the historical strength of both teams, the US is a staggering 17-4-6 all-time against the Germans.

Here are all the placement matches for the final Algarve Cup match day:

Placement Match      Teams                               Venue             Kickoff
11th Place Match         Wales vs. Portugal                  Parchal             11:30 a.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. local
9th Place Match           Hungary vs. Iceland              Parchal             8 a.m. ET / Noon local
7th Place Match           Mexico vs. Denmark              Lagos               11:30 a.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. local
5th Place Match           Japan vs. China                       Faro                 9:10 a.m. ET / 1:10 p.m. local
3rd Place Match           Norway vs. Sweden                Lagos               8 a.m. ET / Noon local
Championship            USA vs. Germany                     Faro                 1 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. local

Wednesday is also the final match day for the Cyprus Cup. Canada will face England in the final. Canada won the 2011 edition of the tournament but lost in last year’s final against France, which opted to play a pair of friendly matches vs. Brazil during the Cyprus Cup instead of defend their title.

Here is the breakdown of all of Wednesday’s Cyprus Cup placement matches:

11th Place: Northern Ireland vs. South Africa
9th Place: South Korea vs. Italy
7th Place: Republic of Ireland vs. Finland
5th Place: Scotland vs. Netherlands
3rd Place: New Zealand vs. Switzerland
Championship: England vs. Canada  |  Noon ET

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