#AlgarveCup: Germany declared winners after Italy opt to fly home early

Germany beat Norway in the Algarve Cup semi-finals
Germany’s Lena Petermann and Kristine Minde of Norway in an Algarve Cup semi-final. (PA Images)

Germany were declared winners of the Algarve Women’s Cup after fellow finalists Italy went home early, concerned they could be stranded in Portugal due to flight restrictions.

Italy had won 3-0 against New Zealand in the semi-finals, with Cristiana Girelli, Barbara Bonansea and Elisa Bartoli on target, while Germany went through 4-0 against Norway, as Lea Schuller, Johanna Elsig, Ingrid Engen and Marina Hegering all hit the net.

Norway came from behind to beat New Zealand 2-1 and take third place, Caroline Graham Hansen getting a late goal after Synne Jensen had quickly cancelled out the early opener by Hannah Wilkinson.

Denmark defeated Belgium 4-0 to finish fifth, Pernille Harder and Janni Thomsen both scoring in the first 13 minutes, Hannah Christiansen and Stine Pedersen adding one each around half time.

Sweden ended seventh with a 2-0 win over Portugal, Sofia Jakobsson breaking the deadlock just before the break and Fridolina Rolfo completing the scoring 5 minutes into the second period.

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