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Algarve Day 3: Canada return to Algarve Cup Final

Also included, Day 3 at the Cyprus Cup

With a tie today, Canada clinched the top spot in their group and will compete in the Algarve Cup final against Spain on Wednesday (Photo: Canada Soccer)

With a tie today, Canada clinched the top spot in their group and will compete in the Algarve Cup final against Spain on Wednesday (Photo: Canada Soccer)

Portugal 0, Canada 0 (Group A): In the last pair of games on the third day of the Algarve Cup, Canada and Portugal battled through 90 minutes to a 0-0 tie. With the tie, Canada finishes group play with seven points sitting atop Group A. Portugal finishes in fourth place with one point. Canada will take on Spain in the Algarve Cup final on Wednesday.

Denmark 6, Russia 1 (Group A): Pernille Harder kicked off scoring for Denmark today in their routing of Russia by a score of 6-1 with a penalty kick in the 6th minute. Russia was able to equalize right before half off a finish from midfielder Margarita Chernomyrdina. The 1-1 tie was broken after half time when Harder scored her second of the match to put her side up 2-1. Denmark increased their lead in the 70th minute off a goal from Nicole Sorensen. Harder completed her hat trick in the 72nd minute, giving Denmark a 4-1 lead. Ten minutes later, Line Hansen added her first of the match in the 82nd minute, followed by another finish in the 89th. Denmark finished Group A with six points while Portugal finished with one.

Australia 2, China 1 (Group C):  Australia’s come-from-behind victory over China has put them at the top of Group C at the end of group play. Wang Shanshan put China on the board in the 36th minute as she finished a bouncing ball inside the box and slotted it home past Arnold. China then took the 1-0 lead into the half time break. In the 61st minute, Emily Gielnik buried a volley for the Matildas to tie the game up on her first touch of the match and her third goal of the tournament thus far. Sixteen-year old Ellie Carpenter scored her first goal for her country and completed the comeback for Australia in the 84th minute as she put away a header off a corner to secure the victory for Australia. Australia finishes group play with six points in Group C. China finishes at the bottom of the group with only one point through three matches.

Netherlands 1, Sweden 0 (Group C): Mandy Van Den Berg capitalized on a penalty kick for the Netherlands in the 80th minute to give her side a 1-0 victory against Pia Sundhage’s Sweden squad. With that result, Netherlands claim six points from Group C and Sweden finishes in the third position with four points.

Iceland 0, Spain 0 (Group B): Iceland and Spain battle to a 0-0 tie through 90 minutes on Friday during their last match of group play. With the tie, Spain clinch the first spot in Group B with seven points after defeating Japan 2-1 in their opening game and Norway 3-0 in their second game. Spain will compete in the Algarve Cup final for the team’s first-ever participation in the tournament.

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Japan 2, Norway 0 (Group B):  Kumi Yokoyama scored twice to give her side a 2-0 victory over Norway earlier today. The 0-0 tie lasted through the first 59 minutes of the game until 23-year old forward Yokoyama put her team on the board with a finish. She doubled the lead in the 90th minute for Japan ensuring the win with her third goal of the tournament. Japan finishes off group play with six points and sits in second behind Spain in Group B standings. With the loss, Norway sits at the bottom of Group B with one point.


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Placement Matches on Wednesday

1st: Spain vs. Canada
3rd: Australia vs. Denmark
5th: Japan vs. Netherlands
7th: Sweden vs. Russia
9th: Iceland vs. China
11th: Norway vs. Portugal

Cyprus Cup: Switzerland and Korea Republic win to solidify spot in Final

Switzerland 6, Italy 0 (Group A):  Switzerland notches three goals in each half to defeat Italy on Monday and clinch the top spot in Group A with seven points. Scoring began early and in the 6th minute Fabienne Humm put one away from 25 yards out give her side the early lead. In the 22nd minute, forward Geraldine Reuteler doubled the lead with her first goal of the tournament. Lia Walti added another in the 33rd minute, giving Switzerland the 3-0 lead at the half. After halftime, Reuteler knocked in her second of the match and second of the tournament in the 50th minute. Ana Crnogorcevic scored in the 81st minute and then again in the 83rd minute, this time off a penalty kick. Switzerland earn themselves a spot in the Cyprus Cup final where they will take on Korea Republic on Wednesday.

Korea DPR 4, Belgium 1 (Group A): Korea DPR scored early and often to secure a 4-1 defeat over Belgium. Kim Nam Hui kicked off scoring in the 6th minute. Ho Unbyol added one in the 30th to give Korea DPR a 2-0 lead at half. Coming out of the half, Wi Jongsim added one herself to increase the lead to 3-0. Davinia Vanmechelen got one back for Belgium in the 62nd minute with a long-range blast from 30 yards out, but that was followed by a 71st minute finish by Ri Kyonghyang to complete the victory for Korea DPR who finished group play with six points behind Switzerland in Group A.

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Korea Republic 2, New Zealand 0 (Group B): Korea Republic locked in the top spot in Group B today with its win over New Zealand. Two second half goals in the 52nd and 53rd minutes led Korea Republic to their victory earlier today. They will take on Switzerland in Wednesday’s final.

Scotland 3, Austria 1 (Group B): Three second half goals led Scotland to its victory over Austria by a margin of 3-1. Scotland forward Jane Ross opened up scoring for her side in the 58th minute. Austria quickly answered by putting themselves on the board with the help of Nicole Billa in the 65th minute. The match remained deadlocked at 1-1 until Ross put in her second of the day to give Scotland a 2-1 advantage. Lisa Evans notched a goal of her own in the 90th minute to secure the win. Scotland finished off group play with six points in Group B and second behind Korea Republic. Austria, with four points, came in third place in the group.

Ireland 1, Wales 0 (Group C):  One goal was all it took for Ireland to defeat Wales in their last game of group play at the Cyprus Cup. Ireland and Arsenal midfielder Katie McCabe put one away in the 22nd minute off a long ball played over the defensive line that she buried past the Wales keeper. With the win, Ireland clinches the top spot in Group C with seven points.

Hungary 2, Czech Republic 1 (Group C): It was not until the 88th minute that Hungary secured its 2-1 win over the Czech Republic. Loretta Nemeth put one away for her side in the 27th minute for Hungary. Just before the half, a red card was issued to midfielder Tereza Krejcirikova of Czech Republic which caused them to play down a player for the remainder of the game. Despite playing down, the Czech Republic tied the game in the 86th minute off a finish by Lucie Martinkova. Hungary took back the lead in the 88th thanks to defender Dora Zeller who recorded her first goal of the tournament. Hungary came in third place in Group C with four points, followed by the Czech Republic in fourth place with one point through three games.

Placement Matches on Wednesday

1st: Switzerland vs. Korea Republic
3rd: Ireland vs. Korea DPR
5th: Scotland vs. Wales
7th: Austria vs. Belgium
9th: New Zealand vs. Hungary
11th: Italy vs. Czech Republic


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