2018 Algarve Cup

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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
2017

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]

Format[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Squads[edit]

Group stage[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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
Source: FPF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Portugal 2–1 China PR
Report Xu Yanlu Goal 57'
Lagos Municipal Stadium, Lagos
Referee: Marianela Araya (Costa Rica)
Australia 4–3 Norway
Report
Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira

Portugal 0–0 Australia
Report
Referee: Jonesia Kabakama (Tanzania)
China PR 0–2 Norway
Report
VRS António Sports Complex, Vila Real de Santo António
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (United States)

Portugal 2–0 Norway
Report
Australia 2–0 China PR
Report
Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira
Referee: Laura Fortunato (Argentina)

Group B[edit]

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
Source: FPF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
South Korea 3–1 Russia
Report Belomyttseva Goal 17'
Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira
Referee: Laura Fortunato (Argentina)
Canada 1–3 Sweden
Beckie Goal 46' Report
Bela Vista Municipal Stadium, Parchal
Referee: Ledya Tafesse (Ethiopia)

Russia 0–1 Canada
Report Sinclair Goal 25' (pen.)
Referee: Sandra Braz Bastos (Portugal)
Sweden 1–1 South Korea
Blackstenius Goal 20' Report Lee Min-a Goal 33'
Bela Vista Municipal Stadium, Parchal
Referee: Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)

Sweden 3–0 Russia
Report
Bela Vista Municipal Stadium, Parchal
Referee: Marianela Araya (Costa Rica)
South Korea 0–3 Canada
Report
Lagos Municipal Stadium, Lagos
Referee: María Carvajal (Chile)

Group C[edit]

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
Source: FPF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Japan 2–6 Netherlands
Report
Bela Vista Municipal Stadium, Parchal
Denmark 0–0 Iceland
Report
Lagos Municipal Stadium, Lagos
Referee: Jeong Oh-hyeon (South Korea)

Japan 2–1 Iceland
Report Eiríksdóttir Goal 74'
Bela Vista Municipal Stadium, Parchal
Referee: María Carvajal (Chile)
Denmark 2–3 Netherlands
Report
VRS António Sports Complex, Vila Real de Santo António
Referee: Casey Reibelt (Australia)

Japan 2–0 Denmark
Report
Referee: Ledya Tafesse (Ethiopia)
Iceland 0–0 Netherlands
Report
Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira
Referee: Jeong Oh-hyeon (South Korea)

Ranking of teams for placement matches[edit]

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
Source: FPF
  • 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
Source: FPF
  • 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
Source: FPF
  • 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
Source: FPF

Placement matches[edit]

Eleventh place game[edit]

China PR 2–1 Russia
Report Shishkina Goal 40'
VRS António Sports Complex, Vila Real de Santo António
Referee: Jonesia Kabakama (Tanzania)

Ninth place game[edit]

Seventh place game[edit]

South Korea Abandoned Norway
Report
Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira
Referee: Sandra Braz Bastos (Portugal)
  • 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[edit]

Canada 2–0 Japan
Report
Bela Vista Municipal Stadium, Parchal
Referee: Casey Reibelt (Australia)

Third place game[edit]

Australia 1–2 Portugal
Cooper Goal 45+3' Report
Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (United States)

Final[edit]

Netherlands Cancelled Sweden
Report
Bela Vista Municipal Stadium, Parchal
  • 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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Goalscorers[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

References[edit]

  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.

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