International break midweek results

The South Africa and Sweden squads. (Photo: SvFF)

The international break has seen a number of nations involved in friendly fixtures over the last couple of days, including some of those preparing for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June.

In the semi-finals of a four-nation tournament in China, the hosts defeated Nigeria 3-0 with a Li Ying brace and one by Zhang Rui, while South Korea struck twice in a six-minute spell before the break against Romania and completed the scoring just after the hour mark.

Spain’s Redondo gave them the lead over Belgium in Lorca but Janice Cayman equalised with a minute to go.

Portugal and Ukraine finished level at 1-1 in Abrentes, Diana Costa breaking the deadlock midway through the second half, only for Carole Costa to concede an own-goal 9 minutes later.

Canada played out a goalless draw with Switzerland in Rota (Spain), while Sweden claimed a 4-0 victory over South Africa in Cape Town, Olivia Schough finding the net twice, Mimmi Larsson and Mia Carlsson once each.

Scotland went down 3-1 to Norway in their friendly at La Manga in Spain, Caroline Weir scoring a penalty and also having a goal ruled out.

Youth internationals

England U-19 side lost their first game at the Algarve Tournament in Portugal, going down 3-2 to Norway at the Stadium Vila Real de Sant Antonio.

Republic of Ireland U-19s took a 20th-minute lead through Alannah McEvoy away to Italy in Rome but found themselves 3-1 down by half-time, which was the final score.

Northern Ireland U-17s went down by a similar score in the Canary Islands where Lara Gonzalez, Carolina Bravo and Paloma Rojo were on target for the hosts, Toni-Leigh Finnegan pulling one back late on.

Spain U-17’s had a 3-0 win over Slovakia, with an Ana Elexpuru effort added to by a Carlota Sanchez double.

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