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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]

2018 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Dates 28 February – 7 March
Teams 12 (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 played 22
Goals scored 61 (2.77 per match)
Top scorer(s) Canada Christine Sinclair
Netherlands Lieke Martens
Sweden Fridolina Rolfö
(3 goals)
Best player Portugal Cláudia Neto
Fair play award  Japan
2017

Because the final between the Netherlands and Sweden was cancelled, the trophy could not be awarded at all.[2]

Contents

FormatEdit

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.

TeamsEdit

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

VenuesEdit

SquadsEdit

Group stageEdit

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 criteriaEdit

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 AEdit

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   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 BEdit

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   17'
Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira
Referee: Laura Fortunato (Argentina)
Canada   1–3   Sweden
Beckie   46' Report
Bela Vista Municipal Stadium, Parchal
Referee: Ledya Tafesse (Ethiopia)

Russia   0–1   Canada
Report Sinclair   25' (pen.)
Referee: Sandra Braz Bastos (Portugal)
Sweden   1–1   South Korea
Blackstenius   20' Report Lee Min-a   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 CEdit

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   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 matchesEdit

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 matchesEdit

Eleventh place gameEdit

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

Ninth place gameEdit

Iceland   1–1   Denmark
Eiríksdóttir   70' Report Troelsgaard Nielsen   62'
Penalties
5–4
VRS António Sports Complex, Vila Real de Santo António
Referee: Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)

Seventh place gameEdit

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 gameEdit

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

Third place gameEdit

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

FinalEdit

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 standingsEdit

Rank Team
    Netherlands
  Sweden
    Portugal
4   Australia
5   Canada
6   Japan
7   South Korea
  Norway
9   Iceland
10   Denmark
11   China PR
12   Russia

AwardsEdit

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

GoalscorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. 

External linksEdit