The 2009 Algarve Cup was the sixteenth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It took place between 4 and 11 March 2009. It was won by Sweden who defeated holders the United States in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in the final-game.
|2009 Algarve Cup|
|Dates||4–11 March 2009|
|Teams||12 (from 3 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||9 (in 9 host cities)|
|Champions||Sweden (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||55 (2.29 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Kerstin Garefrekes|
|Best player(s)||Hope Solo|
The twelve invited teams were split into three groups that played a round-robin tournament. The entrants were almost identical to the previous year, but Iceland moved up into Group B from their previous ranking in 2008, replacing Italy who did not feature this time. Wales returned to the competition for the first time in five years, while Austria appeared in the competition for the first time.
Groups A and B, containing the strongest ranked teams, were the only ones in contention to win the title. The group winners from A and B contested the final, with the runners-up playing for third place and those that finished third in these two groups playing for fifth place.
The teams in Group C were playing for places 7-12, with the winner of Group C playing the team that finished fourth in Group A or B with the better record for seventh place and the Group C runner-up playing the team which came last in Group A or B with the worse record for ninth place. The third and fourth-placed teams in Group C played for eleventh place.
Points awarded in the group stage follow the standard formula of three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss. In the case of two teams being tied on the same number of points in a group, their head-to-head result determined the higher place.
The twelve invited teams were:
All times local (WET/UTC+0)
|Germany||2 – 0||Finland|
|China PR||0 – 0||Sweden|
|Sweden||1 – 0||Finland|
|Germany||3 – 0||China PR|
|Garefrekes 38', 68'
|Finland||0 – 1||China PR|
|Bi Yan 73'|
|Sweden||3 – 2||Germany|
Schelin 36' 38'
|United States||2 – 0||Denmark|
|Norway||1 – 3||Iceland|
|Lie 41'||Gunnarsdóttir 18', 51'
Rønning 56' (o.g.)
|United States||1 – 0||Iceland|
|Denmark||2 – 0||Norway|
|Norway||0 – 1||United States|
|Iceland||0 – 2||Denmark|
|Wales||1 – 2||Austria|
|Fishlock 35'||Entner 47'
|Portugal||2 – 1||Poland|
|Austria||1 – 1||Poland|
|Gröbner 61'||Sznyrowska 70'|
|Portugal||2 – 1||Wales|
Cristina 57' (pen.)
|Portugal||1 – 0||Austria|
|Poland||1 – 5||Wales|
|Kawalec 80'||Ludlow 22' 32'
Harries 38' 42'
All times local (WET/UTC+0)
|Wales||1 – 2||Poland|
|Fishlock 14'||Sznyrowska 10'
|Austria||0 – 2||Norway|
|Portugal||1 – 1|
(2 – 4 PSO)
|Couto 70'||Lehtinen 13'|
|China PR||2 – 1||Iceland|
|Lou Jiahui 21'
Xu Yuan 69'
|Germany||0 – 1||Denmark|
|Rydahl Bukh 41'|
|United States||1 – 1|
(3 – 4 PSO)
|Boxx 90'||Report||Schelin 18'|
|3 – 4|| Fors
|2009 Algarve Cup|
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