Portuguese record second defeat, now against Japan (with photos)

The world champions in title were stronger and the Portuguese women's football team this Friday registered its […]

Portugal 0 - Japan 3 (photo by Nelson Inácio)
Portugal 0 – Japan 3 (photo by Nelson Inácio)

The defending world champions were stronger and the Portuguese women's football team registered their second defeat in the Algarve Cup this Friday, after losing to Japan, 3-0, in a game of the second round of Group C in the Algarve Cup, played at the Algarve Stadium.

The Portuguese had already been defeated in the opening round, by France (1-0), and are still without scoring.

Japan, on the other hand, after losing to Denmark (2-1) on their debut, achieved their first victory in the competition, thanks to goals from Yuri Kawamura (36 minutes), Kumi Yokoyama (53′) and Yuika Sugasawa (75′).

In the same Group C, France again proved to be in a great moment of form. The French "dispatched" Denmark, 4-1, leaving for half-time with four goals ahead (goals by Eugénie Le Sommer, Camille Aby, Kenza Dali and Claire Lavogez), three of which scored in the first 13 minutes.

In the complementary stage, the Danes balanced the operations and reached the goal of honor with 15 minutes to go, through Sanne Troelsgaard.

Next Monday, Japan (three points) and France (six) should discuss the first place in the group, with an eye on the final of the Algarve Cup 2015. France to still dream of the leadership of group C.

Group A - Germany and Brazil defeat China and Sweden

Germany redeemed themselves from the false entry into the Algarve Cup with a 2-0 victory over the willful China team.

Compared to the previous game, Silvia Neid made a small revolution, leaving out regular attack and midfield starters, but the Germans did not resent it, on the contrary: they were always more dangerous on the ball and just didn't win by the margin. more dilated because the Chinese defended very well in the first part.

Anja Mittag put Germany ahead at the end of the first half and Alexandra Popp jumped off the bench to head in with 15 minutes to go.

In the other game of the day, played in Lagos, Brazil surpassed Sweden, by the same result (2-0), “correcting” the tie given to China in the opening round. Marta and Andressa Alves, this one from the penalty spot, scored for the “Canarinas”.

With these results, the South Americans are in the lead of the group, with one more point than the German and Swedish. On the third round there is a “hot” Brazil – Germany that could very well decide the winner of the group, with Pia Sundhage's pupils on the lookout.

Group B – United States and Norway beat Switzerland and Iceland

Who seems to be determined to “revenge” last year's disappointing campaign in the Algarve Cup is the United States. This afternoon, they added their second victory in the competition, this time against Switzerland, by 3-0, although the goals only came in the second half.

Alex Morgan opened the scoring, in an insistence move by the Americans, and Amy Rodriguez increased in the 72nd minute, in an initiative that excited the stands. The American player snaked into the face of the Swiss defenses and shot into the back of the goal, deceiving the goalkeeper Stenia Michel. Abby Wambach closed the game, near the end, with an equally impressive goal.

With this result, the formation led by Jill Ellis has already secured first place in the group and is a serious candidate for the final.

In Lagos, Norway overcame Iceland 1-0, with the decisive goal of the game being scored by Emilie Haavi in ​​the opening minutes.