The Algarve Cup kicked off on Wednesday with some surprising results, plus a narrow win for the United States against Norway.
United States 2-1 Norway (Group B)
Carli Lloyd scored twice for the United States in a 2-1 win over Norway. The U.S. dominated the first half but conceded a goal to Ada Hegerberg in the 44th minute to go down before halftime. But Carli Lloyd scored a rocket in the 57th minute — three minutes after a huge save From Hope Solo in her return from suspension — and Lloyd finished a penalty kick in the 62nd minute.
Sweden 4-2 Germany (Group A)
Germany scored twice in the opening four minutes, but Caroline Seger and Sofia Jacobsson scored a brace each to boost Sweden to a huge win over the world’s No. 1 team. Dzsenifer Marozsan scored in the 2nd minute on a cracking volley and Simone Laudehr doubled Germany’s lead two minutes later. But Caroline Seger got one back for Sweden in the 30th minute
Japan 1-2 Denmark (Group C)
Sanne Troelsgaard and Johanna Rasmussen each scored as Denmark shocked reigning World Cup champions Japan, beating the Nadeshiko, 2-1 in the opening match of the Algarve Cup. Troelsgaard opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and Rasmussen scored the game-winner in the 56th minute. Kozue Ando scored the lone goal for Japan.
Switzerland 2-0 Iceland (Group B)
Lara Dickenmann scored twice, on a penalty kick in the 58th minute and again from the run of play in the 68th minute to lift the Swiss to a win in their first Algarve Cup match.
France 1-0 Portugal (Group C)
Eugenie Le Sommer’s goal in the 65th minute held up for France in a narrow win over the tournament hosts.
Brazil 0-0 China (Group A)
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