Algarve: Norway, Canada, Japan bounce back as Netherlands snatch last-gasp winner

Christine Sinclair scores her 170th international goal - Algarve Cup 2018
Christine Sinclair scores her 170th international goal (Photo: Canada Soccer)

It was a feisty affair in the second round of the Algarve Cup on Friday as Norway, Canada, Japan and Netherlands snathed wins.

Hosts Portugal commenced the day’s proceedings with an impressive scoreless draw against reigning Tournament of Nations champions Australia.

Veteran Matildas’ defender Clare Polkinghorne earned her 100th cap and Emily Condon marked her senior debut in the draw that saw Matildas’ seven-match winning streak snapped.

In the other early kickoff, Norway recovered from their opening defeat to beat China 2–0.

Goals by Ingrid Engen and Maren Mjelde on either sides of the break handed the Steel Roses their second successive defeat.

Meanwhile, Canada beat Russia 1–0 win with skipper Christine Sinclair converting from the spot to score her 170th international goal.

Sinclair, the world’s second topscorer of all-time, now trails Abby Wambach’s leading record by just 14 goals.

Portugal, lowest-ranked nation in Algarve 2018, holds in-form Matildas
Portugal, lowest-ranked nation in Algarve 2018, holds in-form Australia in draw. (Photo: Westfield Matildas)

Japan, who had fallen to Netherlands in their opener, picked a 2–1 win over Iceland while Sweden shared the spoils in a 1–1 draw with Korea Republic.

In the rematch of Euro 2017 final, Netherlands came from behind twice to grab a 3–2 win over Denmark.

Coach Sarina Wiegman handed Cheyenne van den Goorbergh and keeper Jennifer Vreugdenhil their senior debut and they did not disappoint.

Goorbergh marked her first cap with a goal at the half hour mark to cancel out Pernille Harder’s opener for Denmark in the 16th minute.

But Frederikke Thøgersen put the Danes ahead again in the 34th minute before Lieke Martens drew the Dutch level 12 minutes to time.

A draw seemed inevitable when Bayern Munich midfielder Jill Roord carved in a corner, which Simone Boye Sørensen buried into her own net at the death.

With the win, Netherlands remain the sole nation with a perfect start heading to the final group matches on Monday 5 March.

The best two group winners will compete in the final on Wednesday 7 March while the rest shall battle it out in the placement matches.

Algarve Cup 2018 Day 2 Roundup

Group A
Portugal 0–0 Australia
China 0–2 Norway

Group B
Sweden 1–1 Korea Republic
Russia 0–1 Canada

Group C
Japan 2–1 Iceland
Denmark 2–3 Netherlands

Standings (Day 2)

Group A
1) Australia: 4pts; (2) Portugal: 4pts; (3) Norway: 3pts; (4) China: 0pt

Group B
1) Korea Rep.: 4pts; (2) Sweden: 4pts; (3) Canada: 3pt; (4) Russia: 0pt

Group C
1) Netherlands: 6pts; (2) Japan: 3pt (3) Denmark: 1pt; (4) Iceland: 1pt


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