2018 Algarve Cup

The 2018 Algarve Cup was the 25th edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It took place from 28 February to 7 March 2018.[1]

Because the final between the Netherlands and Sweden was cancelled, the trophy was awarded to both teams.[2]

2018 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal
Dates28 February – 7 March
Teams12 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Netherlands
 Sweden
(Final match not played)
Third place Portugal
Fourth place Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played22
Goals scored61 (2.77 per match)
Top scorer(s)Canada Christine Sinclair
Netherlands Lieke Martens
Sweden Fridolina Rolfö
(3 goals)
Best player(s)Portugal Cláudia Neto
Fair play award Japan

Format

The twelve invited teams were split into three groups to play a round-robin tournament.

Points awarded in the group stage followed 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 determine the higher place.

Teams

Team FIFA Rankings[3]
(December 2017)
 Australia
4
 Canada
5
 Netherlands
7
 Japan
9
 Sweden
10
 Denmark
12
 Norway
14
 South Korea
14
 China PR
16
 Iceland
20
 Russia
25
 Portugal
38

Venues

Group stage

The groups were announced on 6 December 2017, and re-organised on 18 December,[4] due to South Korea being drawn against Australia in the Asian Cup finals the following month.

All times are local (UTC±0).

Tie-breaking criteria

For the group stage of this tournament, where two or more teams in a group tied on an equal number of points, the finishing positions were determined by the following tie-breaking criteria in the following order:

  1. number of points obtained in the matches among the teams in question
  2. goal difference in all the group matches
  3. number of goals scored in all the group matches
  4. fair-play ranking in all the group matches
  5. FIFA ranking

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Australia 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
2  Portugal (H) 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
3  Norway 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 3
4  China PR 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Portugal 2–1 China PR
Report Xu Yanlu Goal 57'
Australia 4–3 Norway
Report
Portugal 0–0 Australia
Report
China PR 0–2 Norway
Report
Portugal 2–0 Norway
Report
Australia 2–0 China PR
Report

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Sweden 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
2  Canada 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3  South Korea 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
4  Russia 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6 0
South Korea 3–1 Russia
Report Belomyttseva Goal 17'
Canada 1–3 Sweden
Beckie Goal 46' Report
Russia 0–1 Canada
Report Sinclair Goal 25' (pen.)
Sweden 1–1 South Korea
Blackstenius Goal 20' Report Lee Min-a Goal 33'
Sweden 3–0 Russia
Report
South Korea 0–3 Canada
Report

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA 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
Japan 2–6 Netherlands
Report
Denmark 0–0 Iceland
Report
Japan 2–1 Iceland
Report Eiríksdóttir Goal 74'
Denmark 2–3 Netherlands
Report
Japan 2–0 Denmark
Report
Iceland 0–0 Netherlands
Report

Ranking of teams for placement matches

The ranking of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th placed teams in each group to determine the placement matches:

  • 1st placed teams
Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C  Netherlands 3 2 1 0 9 4 +5 7 Final
2 B  Sweden 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
3 A  Australia 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7 Third-place match
  • 2nd placed teams
Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A  Portugal 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Third-place match
2 B  Canada 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6 Fifth-place match
3 C  Japan 3 2 0 1 6 7 −1 6
  • 3rd placed teams
Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 B  South Korea 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4 Seventh-place match
2 A  Norway 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 3
3 C  Iceland 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2 Ninth-place match
  • 4th placed teams
Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C  Denmark 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1 Ninth-place match
2 A  China PR 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0 Eleventh-place match
3 B  Russia 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6 0

Placement matches

Eleventh place game

China PR 2–1 Russia
Report Shishkina Goal 40'

Ninth place game

Iceland 1–1 Denmark
Eiríksdóttir Goal 70' Report Troelsgaard Nielsen Goal 62'
Penalties
5–4

Seventh place game

South Korea Abandoned Norway
Report
  • The seventh place game was suspended during the second half with a score of 0–0, due to heavy rain and adverse weather conditions.[5]

Fifth place game

Canada 2–0 Japan
Report

Third place game

Australia 1–2 Portugal
Cooper Goal 45+3' Report

Final

Netherlands Cancelled Sweden
Report
  • The final game was called off due to heavy rain and adverse weather conditions, and as a result, the Algarve Cup was awarded to both teams.[6][7]

Final standings

Rank Team
1st, gold medalist(s)  Netherlands
 Sweden
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Portugal
4  Australia
5  Canada
6  Japan
7  South Korea
 Norway
9  Iceland
10  Denmark
11  China PR
12  Russia

Awards

Top Goalscorer[8] Player of the Tournament Fair play award
Canada Christine Sinclair
Netherlands Lieke Martens
Sweden Fridolina Rolfö
Portugal Cláudia Neto  Japan

Goalscorers

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

References

  1. ^ "Algarve Cup 2018". NWSL Soccer. 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Troféu atribuído a Holanda e Suécia" [Trophy awarded to Netherlands and Sweden] (in Portuguese). Federação Portuguesa de Futebol. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  3. ^ FIFA ranking
  4. ^ "New game alignment (in Portuguese)". Federação Portuguesa de Futbol. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Sør-Korea-kampen avlyst: - Vi ble enige om å stoppe kampen" [South Korea match cancelled: - We agreed to stop the match] (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Finale Algarve Cup tussen Oranjevrouwen en Zweden afgelast" (in Dutch). nu.nl. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  7. ^ @Algarve_Cup (7 March 2018). "UPDATE: The match between the Netherlands and Sweden has been cancelled due to heavy rain. As a result, both teams will be awarded 1st place" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Cláudia Neto recebe prémio de melhor jogadora do torneio". fpf.pt. 7 March 2018.

External links

2018 Algarve Cup squads

This article lists the squads for the 2018 Algarve Cup, held in Portugal.

The age listed for each player is as of 28 February 2018 – the tournament's opening day. The number of caps and goals listed for each player does not include any matches played after the start of the tournament. The club listed is the club for which the player last played a competitive match prior to the tournament. The nationality for each club reflects the national association (not the league) to which the club is affiliated.

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2018 in Swedish football

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She made her debut for the senior national team at the 2018 Algarve Cup, substituting in for Jonna Andersson in the 77th minute of Sweden's opening fixture, a 3–1 win over Canada. A thigh injury sustained in December 2018 caused Oskarsson to drop out of national team contention in the run up to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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Canada women's national soccer team results

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Loss

Scorers list only the Canadian scorers.

Denmark women's national football team

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Janine Beckie

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Japan women's national football team results and fixtures

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Jessie Fleming

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Karen Holmgaard

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Lee Min-a

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Norway women's national football team

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Stina Blackstenius

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Sweden women's national football team

The Sweden women's national football team (Swedish: svenska damfotbollslandslaget) represents Sweden in international women's football competition and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. The national team has won the European Competition for Women's Football in 1984, one World Cup-silver (2003), as well as three European Championship-silvers (1987, 1995, 2001). The team has participated in six Olympic Games, eight World Cups, as well as ten European Championships. Sweden won bronze medals at the World Cups in 1991, 2011 and 2019.

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