2012 Algarve Cup

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2012 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Dates 29 February – 7 March 2012
Teams 12 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Germany (2nd title)
Runners-up  Japan
Third place  United States
Fourth place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 24
Goals scored 62 (2.58 per match)
Top scorer(s) Germany Célia Okoyino da Mbabi
(6 goals)
Best player Japan Aya Miyama
2011
2013

The 2012 Algarve Cup was the nineteenth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It began on 29 February and ended on 7 March 2012.

Format[edit]

The twelve invited teams were split into three groups that played a round-robin tournament.

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 the eleventh place.

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 amount of points in a group, their head-to-head result determined the higher place.

Teams[edit]

Listed are the confirmed teams.[1]

Match officials[edit]

Country Referee Assistant referees
Argentina Argentina Salomé di Iorio
China China PR Liang Qin Yongmei Cui
Yan Fang
Cuba Cuba Irazema Aguilera
Czech Republic Czech Republic Jana Adámková Adriana Šecová
Hungary Hungary Katalin Kulcsár
Italy Italy Carina Vitulano Manuela Nicolosi
Japan Japan Nami Sato Emi Chiba
Chie Ohata
Mexico Mexico Lucila Venegas Enedina Caudillo
Scotland Scotland Morag Pirie
Singapore Singapore Abirami Apbai
Sweden Sweden Pernilla Larsson
Togo Togo Aissata Amegee
United States United States Margaret Domka
Country Assistant referees
Canada Canada Marie-Josée Charbonneau
Colombia Colombia Luzmila Gonzalez
Costa Rica Costa Rica Kimberly Moreira
Croatia Croatia Sanja Rodak
Cyprus Cyprus Angela Kyriakou
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Milagros Leonardo
England England Sian Massey
Guatemala Guatemala Marisol Salazar
Jamaica Jamaica Stacey Greyson
Paraguay Paraguay Nadia Weiler
Romania Romania Petruta Iugulsecu
Switzerland Switzerland Eveline Bolli
Thailand Thailand Supawan Hinthong
Uganda Uganda Diana Mukasa
Vietnam Vietnam Thi Kieu
Country Fourth official
Argentina Argentina Salomé di Iorio
China China PR Liang Qin
Cuba Cuba Irazema Aguilera
Czech Republic Czech Republic Jana Adámková
Hungary Hungary Katalin Kulcsár
Italy Italy Carina Vitulano
Japan Japan Nami Sato
Mexico Mexico Lucila Venegas
Scotland Scotland Morag Pirie
Singapore Singapore Abirami Apbai
Sweden Sweden Pernilla Larsson
Togo Togo Aissata Amegee
United States United States Margaret Domka

Squads[edit]

Group stage[edit]

All times are local (WET/UTC+0).

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6 9
 Sweden 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
 Iceland 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
 China PR 3 0 0 3 0 3 −3 0
29 February 2012 (2012-02-29)
14:00
Germany  1–0  Iceland
Mittag Goal 25' Report
Estádio Municipal, Lagos
Attendance: 200[2]
Referee: Jana Adámková (Czech Republic)[2]

29 February 2012 (2012-02-29)
15:00
Sweden  1–0  China PR
Göransson Goal 83' Report
Estádio Municipal, Santo António
Attendance: 207[3]
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)[3]

2 March 2012 (2012-03-02)
13:30
Iceland  1–4  Sweden
Lárusdóttir Goal 21' Report Schelin Goal 2'
Göransson Goal 13'38'
Landström Goal 33'
Desportivo da Nora Park, Ferreiras
Attendance: 150[4]
Referee: Morag Pirie (Scotland)[4]

2 March 2012 (2012-03-02)
15:00
Germany  1–0  China PR
Behringer Goal 33' (pen.) Report
Estádio Municipal, Santo António
Attendance: 300[5]
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)[5]

5 March 2012 (2012-03-05)
15:30
Sweden  0–4  Germany
Report Okoyino da Mbabi Goal 24'31'65'
Popp Goal 90+2'
Estádio Municipal, Parchal
Attendance: 500[6]
Referee: Carina Vitulano (Italy)[6]

5 March 2012 (2012-03-05)
15:30
China PR  0–1  Iceland
Report Friðriksdóttir Goal 80'
Estádio Municipal, Lagos
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
 United States 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 6
 Denmark 3 1 0 2 1 7 −6 3
 Norway 3 0 0 3 2 5 −3 0
29 February 2012 (2012-02-29)
12:40
Japan  2–1  Norway
Nagasato Goal 45+1'
Kawasumi Goal 66'
Report Herlovsen Goal 17'
Estádio Municipal, Parchal
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)[7]

29 February 2012 (2012-02-29)
17:00
United States  5–0  Denmark
Morgan Goal 21'82'
Wambach Goal 45+1'
Lloyd Goal 77'
Leroux Goal 90+1'
Report
Estádio Municipal, Lagos
Attendance: 300[8]
Referee: Liang Qin (China PR)[8]

2 March 2012 (2012-03-02)
12:10
Denmark  0–2  Japan
Report Sugasawa Goal 52'
Ohno Goal 90+1'
Estádio Municipal, Parchal
Attendance: 250[9]
Referee: Irazema Aguilera (Cuba)[9]

2 March 2012 (2012-03-02)
15:00
United States  2–1  Norway
Wambach Goal 52'
Leroux Goal 83'
Report Thorsnes Goal 90+3'
Estádio Municipal, Lagos
Attendance: 300[10]
Referee: Salomé di Iorio (Argentina)[10]

5 March 2012 (2012-03-05)
14:10
Norway  0–1  Denmark
Report Rasmussen Goal 7'
Desportivo da Nora Park, Ferreiras
Attendance: 223[11]
Referee: Nami Sato (Japan)[11]

5 March 2012 (2012-03-05)
14:10
Japan  1–0  United States
Takase Goal 84' Report
Estádio Algarve, Faro
Attendance: 1,000[12]
Referee: Pernill Larsson (Sweden)[12]

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Wales 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7
 Portugal 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
 Hungary 3 1 0 2 2 6 –4 3
 Republic of Ireland 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
29 February 2012 (2012-02-29)
15:00
Republic of Ireland  0–1  Hungary
Report Sipos Goal 2'
Estádio Municipal, Silves
Referee: Carina Vitulano (Italy)[13]

29 February 2012 (2012-02-29)
15:45
Portugal  0–1  Wales
Report James Goal 90+2'
Estádio Municipal, Parchal
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (Sweden)[14]

2 March 2012 (2012-03-02)
15:30
Portugal  4–0  Hungary
Rodrigues Goal 13'
Mendes Goal 56'
Borges Goal 64'
Couto Goal 85'
Report
Estádio Municipal, Parchal
Referee: Abirami Apbai (Singapore)[15]

2 March 2012 (2012-03-02)
18:00
Wales  0–0  Republic of Ireland
Report
Desportivo da Nora Park, Ferreiras
Referee: Aissata Amegee (Togo)[16]

5 March 2012 (2012-03-05)
17:15
Hungary  1–2  Wales
Vágó Goal 72' Report Lander Goal 10'50'
Estádio Municipal, Santo António
Referee: Liang Qin (China PR)[17]

5 March 2012 (2012-03-05)
17:15
Portugal  2–1  Republic of Ireland
Borges Goal 7'74' Report Quinn Goal 29'
Estádio Algarve, Faro
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)[18]

Placement play-offs[edit]

Eleventh place match[edit]

7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)
11:00
Hungary  1–2  Republic of Ireland
Tálosi Goal 60' Report O'Gorman Goal 18'
Russell Goal 52'
Estádio Municipal de Quarteira, Quarteira
Referee: Aissata Amegee (Togo)[19]

Ninth place match[edit]

7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)
10:15
Portugal  0–1  China PR
Report Ma Xiaoxu Goal 58'
Estádio Algarve, Faro
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)[20]

Seventh place match[edit]

7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)
11:00
Wales  0–3  Norway
Report Pedersen Goal 49'69'81'
Estádio Municipal de Loulé, Loulé
Referee: Jana Adámková (Czech Republic)[21]

Fifth place match[edit]

7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)
11:00
Iceland  1–3  Denmark
Magnúsdóttir Goal 44' Report Troelsgaard Nielsen Goal 3'18'
Rasmussen Goal 88'
Desportivo da Nora Park, Ferreiras
Attendance: 54[22]
Referee: Salomé di Iorio (Argentina)[22]

Third place match[edit]

7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)
11:00
Sweden  0–4  United States
Report Morgan Goal 4'33'73'
Wambach Goal 36'
Estádio Municipal, Parchal
Attendance: 400[23]
Referee: Morag Pirie (Scotland)[23]

Final[edit]

7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)
13:10
Germany  4–3  Japan
Marozsán Goal 20'
Okoyino da Mbabi Goal 22'88'90+2'
Report Kawasumi Goal 35'
Tanaka Goal 55'
Nagasato Goal 90'
Estádio Algarve, Faro
Attendance: 500[24]
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)[24]

Goalscorers[edit]

6 goals
5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Final Standings[edit]