China PR, Thailand fall short, DPR Korea lift Cyprus Women's Cup
Albufeira: China PR and Thailand rounded out a busy week on the road to FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 with placement match defeats, while DPR Korea earned silverware with a dramatic penalty shootout win against Italy in the Cyprus Women's Cup Final on Wednesday.
CHINA PR 1 NETHERLANDS 1 (NED won 4-2 on penalties)
China PR rounded out a difficult week in Portugal with a penalty shootout defeat after a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands to finish 12th out of 12 teams at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
Melbourne: Australia claimed their first piece of silverware for 2019 after defeating Argentina 3-0 to lift the inaugural Cup of Nations title, while Korea Republic beat New Zealand 2-0 to finish second on Wednesday.
AUSTRALIA 3-0 ARGENTINA
Australia made it three wins in three matches in 2019, scoring twice in the opening 33 minutes on the way to a straight-forward victory at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.
Having come into the match with one hand on the trophy, Australia completed the job with a minimum of fuss, with Sam Kerr and Alanna Kennedy both punishing slack set-piece defending to score first half goals, before Caitlin Foord added a third from the penalty spot late on.
Tampa: A youthful Japan's hopes of winning the SheBelieves Cup were dashed in a 3-0 defeat to an inspired England on the final day of the tournament in the United States.
First half goals from Lucy Staniforth, Karen Carney and Beth Mead took the game away from the Nadeshiko, and ensured Phil Neville's side - with an insurmountable seven points from three matches - became champions at the fourth attempt.
England's win is of particular interest given the two sides will meet the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 group stage, although Japan's line-up in that match is expected to be differ significantly to the one on show in Tampa, which included six starters with less than five international caps.
Vila Real de Santo António: China PR fell to a Pernille Harder penalty, while Thailand were outclassed by Italy as Asia's FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 representatives continued their respective build-ups on Monday.
DENMARK 1-0 CHINA PR
China PR's FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 preparation suffered another setback, falling to a second consecutive Algarve Cup defeat with a 1-0 loss to Denmark on Monday.
Nashville: Japan continued their promising form at the SheBelieves Cup, stretching their international unbeaten run to eight with a 3-1 win over Brazil in their second match of the tournament on Saturday.
Yuka Momiki, who scored one goal and set up the remaining two, was the star of the show for the Asian champions, while newcomer Rikako Koboaysahi and Yui Hasegawa also got their names on the scoresheet to cap an impressive display
Japan's win takes them to four points from two matches, putting them in a position to win the tournament should they win in Tuesday's final match against England, who drew 2-2 with the United States in Saturday's later match.
Albufeira: China PR suffered defeat against Norway, while Thailand narrowly fell to Mexico as two of Asia's FIFA Women's World Cup-bound sides continued their respective preparations in Portugal and Cyprus on Friday.
CHINA PR 1-3 NORWAY
China PR's seven-game international winning streak came to an abrupt end, as a horror first half saw Jia Xiuquan's side fall to a 3-1 loss at the hands of Norway in their first match at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
Wang Shanshan managed a late consolation goal for China, but their defeat is the heaviest since Jia took over as head coach last May, and the first time they have conceded three in a match since their 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup semi-final defeat to Japan.