Spain Defeat Japan At Algarve Cup

Wednesday 1st March
ALGARVE CUP
GROUP A:
Portugal 0-1 Russia, Denmark 0-1 Canada
GROUP B: Japan 1-2 Spain, Norway 1-1 Iceland
GROUP C: Netherlands 1-0 China, Australia 0-1 Sweden 

Silvia Meseguer broke the deadlock for the Spanish just short of the hour mark, Olga Garcia doubling their lead before Ikuo Yokojama replied with 9 minutes to go.

In the other Group B game, the scoring was all over after only 8 minutes. Ada Hegerberg netted for Norway on 4 minutes and Gunnhildur Jonsdottir swiftly responded for Iceland.

There was just one very late goal in each of the Group A fixtures, as Canada edged Denmark and Russia beat Portugal. Natalia Mashina struck for the Russians with 4 minutes left, Christine Sinclair hit a last-minute winner for Canada.

Both Group C matches only provided a goal each as well, as Sweden defeated China and EURO 2017 hosts the Netherlands beat China. Lotta Schelin was on taget for the Swedes in the 62nd minute, while Renate Jansen got a 13th-minute goal for the Dutch.

Match day 2 is on Friday when the following fixtures are scheduled: 

Group A: Russia 15 : 00 Canada, Portugal 19 : 00 Denmark
Group B: Japan 15 : 00 Iceland, Spain 15 : 00 Norway
Group C: Australia 15 : 00 Netherlands, China 15 : 00 Sweden 

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