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Australia claim win over China PR, Japan beat Denmark at Algarve Cup


Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Sam Kerr-Algarve Cup

Faro: Australia beat fellow AFC Women’s Asian Cup contenders China PR, Japan earned an impressive win against Denmark, while Korea Republic were undone by a Canadian star on a busy day of action at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.


AUSTRALIA 2 (Logarzo 51’, Kerr 90+1’)



CHINA P.R. 0



Australia continued their 10-match unbeaten, but missed out on a maiden appearance in the Algarve Cup Final on goal difference after beating a much-improved China PR 2-0.



The injury-hit Matildas needed to win by a four-goal margin to reach Wednesday’s decider, but it was China PR who threatened the goal more regularly in the first half, only to squander a number of chances.



 

Final: Netherlands - Sweden
3rd/4th: Australia - Portugal
5th/6th: Canada - Japan
7th/8th: Korea - Norway
9th/10th: Iceland - Denmark
11th/12th: China - Russia pic.twitter.com/AEM98Zp9WH

— Algarve Cup (@Algarve_Cup) March 5, 2018

Sam Kerr had a goal disallowed in the first half, but Australia’s lead was confirmed when Chloe Logarzo’s looping header left Wang Fei stranded in the 51st minute.



Both teams continued to push players forward in search of more goals, and Kerr ultimately got her name on the scoresheet with a late lob, which confirmed Australia as group winners, but left them two-goals short of reaching the final.



Alen Stajcic’s side have to settle for a place in the third-place playoff, while Siggi Eyolfsson’s Steel Roses will face Russia after losing all three matches in Group A.



Group A Table

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts.

1

AUSTRALIA

3

2

1

0

6

3

+3

7

2

Portugal

3

2

1

0

4

1

+3

7

3

Norway

3

1

0

2

5

6

-1

3

4

CHINA P.R.

3

0

0

3

1

6

-5

0




KOREA REPUBLIC 0



CANADA 3 (Sinclair 24’, 79’, Fleming 73’)



Korea Republic’s slim chances of reaching the Algarve Cup Final at their first attempt were dashed as they were comprehensively beaten by world number five Canada at the Albufeira Municipal Stadium.



Iconic Canadian striker Christine Sinclair scored a goal in each half, and provided the assist for 19-year-old midfielder Jessie Fleming as Yoon Duk-yeo’s side were unable to maintain their unbeaten record at the tournament.



The result leaves Korea Republic in a play-off for seventh against Norway, having finished at the best third-place finishers at the tournament.



Group B Table

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts.

1

Sweden

3

2

1

0

7

2

+5

7

2

Canada

3

2

0

1

5

3

+2

6

3

KOREA REPUBLIC

3

1

1

1

4

5

-1

4

4

Russia

3

0

0

3

1

7

-6

0


JAPAN 2 (Hasegawa 82, Iwabuchi 90+3’)



DENMARK 0



Late goals to Yui Hasegawa and Mana Iwabuchi confirmed a 2-0 win for Japan against 12th-ranked Denmark, as the Asian champions finished second in Group C.



Following their heavy opening defeat to European champions the Netherlands, Japan completed their second consecutive win against Scandinavian opposition following Friday’s 2-1 win over Iceland.



In slippery conditions, both teams had chances throughout with US-based defender Theresa Nielsen coming the closest when she hit the post for Denmark in the first half, but 21-year-old Hasegawa finally broke the deadlock when she volleyed home with less than 10 minutes remaining.



Iwabuchi then completed the scoring in the dying seconds – scoring a penalty she won herself when she was brought down by Cecile Sandvej – ensuring Japan will play-off for fifth on Wednesday.



Group C Table

 

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts.

1

Netherlands

3

2

1

0

9

4

+5

7

2

JAPAN

3

2

0

1

6

7

-1

6

3

Iceland

3

0

2

1

1

2

-1

2

4

Denmark

3

0

1

2

2

5

-3

1

 



Photos: AFP, myfootball.com.au