Another historic day at Algarve and Cyprus cups
In the second day of the Cyprus Cup, Scotland defeated England for the first time since 1977, scoring a 2-0 win on goals by Arsenal’s Kim Little and Jennifer Beattie. Keeper Shannon Lynn (Hibernian) earned the shutout for Scotland. Canadian keeper Stephanie Labbe (Pitea) picked up her fourth career shutout and remains unbeaten in six starts and Jonelle Filigno scored off an assist from Christine Sinclair (WNY Flash) to give Canada a 1-0 win over Italy.
Renee Slegers (Tyresö FF) and Manon Melis (LdB FC Malmö) scored in Holland’s 2-1 win over France, which got its goal from Camille Abily (Lyon). South Korea and Mexico drew, 1-1. Leeds United defender Ashley Hutton scored for Northern Ireland, but Russia came back with goals from Tatiana Skotnikova (FC Rossiyanka) and Elena Famina to take the 2-1 win. New Zealand’s Kirsty Yallop (Kristianstads DFF) and Betsy Hasset (University of California-Berkeley) scored in their 2-1 win over Switzerland, which got its goal from Sandy Maendly.
At the Algarve Cup, the U.S., backed by goals from Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack’s) and Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat) and a shutout from Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), beat Norway, 2-0. With their win, coupled with Japan’s 5-0 victory over Finland, the U.S. wins Group A. They face Finland Monday. In Japan’s 5-0 win, former Atlanta Beat midfielder Mami Yamiguchi (Hammarby) scored twice, while Yuki Nagasato (Turbine Potsdam), Shinobu Ohno (NTV Beleza), and Nahomi Kawasumi also scored.
Margret Lára Viðarsdóttir (Kristianstads DFF) scored two goals for Iceland in its 2-1 win over China. Iceland is now atop Group B with six points. Also in Group B, Sweden’s Jessica Shore scored two goals and Josephine Oqvist added another in a 3-1 win over Denmark (goal scored by Fortuna Hjørring’s Kristine Pedersen).
In Group C, Portugal and Chile played to a scoreless draw, and Wales beat Romania, 2-1. Cosmina Dusa (CFF Clujana) gave Romania a 1-0 lead, but goals by Jessica Fishlock (Bristol Academy) and Helen Lander (Chelsea Ladies) in the second half sealed the win for Wales.