Denmark denied by US again

Denmark's Algarve Cup final hoodoo struck for the fifth time with a 2-1 defeat by the United States while Norway beat Germany 2-0 to end Nadine Angerer's clean sheet run.

US captain Christie Pampone celebrates winning the Algarve Cup
US captain Christie Pampone celebrates winning the Algarve Cup ©Getty Images

Denmark pipped
For the second year running Denmark were up against the United States for the title, and having lost 2-0 12 months ago, this time they went down 2-1. Natasha Kai put the US ahead on 14 minutes and although Catherine Paaske Sørensen equalised on the half-hour with her third goal of the tournament but Abby Wambach struck early in the second period to secure America their record sixth Algarve title, a boost ahead of the Olympic games where among their fellow contenders will be Germany, Norway and Sweden.

Norway beat Germany
Two of that trio met for third place, and Norway ended up triumphant with a 2-0 win against Germany. Melissa Wiik headed in Leni Kaurin's cross to end Germany's goalkeeper Nadine Angerer's run of 1,022 minutes without conceding with a goal late in the first half and Marie Knutsen struck not long after the break. "Today Norway capitalised on our mistakes," said Germany coach Silvia Neid. "We were asleep during the first goal, and the second one was bad luck. We never got on our game today."

Iceland boost
Sweden, meanwhile, finished fifth thanks to a 3-0 defeat of Italy, Josefine Öqvist's 56th-minute opener added to be two Victoria Svensson goals. Iceland claimed seventh place with their fourth victory in as many matches, Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir, Rakel Hönnudóttir and Gudrún Sóley Gunnarsdóttir combining to beat UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ hosts Finland 3-0. Hosts Portugal were pipped to ninth position 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out against China after a 1-1 draw, while Poland overcame the Republic of Ireland 6-5 on spot-kicks following a 2-2 result to end eleventh. Ireland and Denmark resume EURO qualifying in April, Sweden, Portugal, Norway, Poland, Germany, Italy and Iceland are back in action the following month.