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Sweden beats US on penalties to win Algarve Cup

Sweden beats US on penalties to win Algarve Cup

Sweden beat the United States 4-3 in a penalty shootout Wednesday in the final of the Algarve Cup.
Heather Mitts hit the post in the seventh round of penalties to hand Sweden the trophy after the game ended 1-1.
The Swedes had taken the lead through a 19th-minute strike from Lotta Schelin after a defensive blunder by Shannon Boxx. However, Boxx avenged the mistake by tapping in a last-minute equalizer at the back post in the 90th.
The United States was heavily favored to win the 12-team invitational tournament but only a handful of superb saves from goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was voted the tournament's most valuable player, prevented Sweden extending its lead.
The Americans were playing in their seventh straight championship game in southern Portugal and were pursuing their sixth title.
Sweden won the title in 2001 and 1995.
"Penalties aren't only about luck," said U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, a Swede. "I know the Swedish goalkeeper (Kristin Hammarstrom) and she's very good at keeping out penalty kicks."
Denmark took third place with a 1-0 win over two-time world champion Germany thanks to a 41st-minute strike from Julie Rydahl-Bukh.
China finished fifth by defeating Iceland 2-1, and Finland beat Portugal 4-2 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 to take seventh place.
Norway overcame Austria 2-0 for ninth place, and Poland won 2-1 against Wales to finish 11th.


Updated : 2021-03-02 01:03 GMT+08:00