Sweden Wins Algarev Cup
Mar. 17, 2001
QUARTEIRA, Portugal (AP) _ Sweden beat Denmark 3-0 Saturday to win the Algarve Cup, the most prestigious women's soccer tournament after the World Cup and Olympics.
The United States finished in sixth place after a 4-3 loss to Norway. The Americans were without their top players, who are training for the new professional league that begins next month.
``It's a huge understatement to say that we are disappointed,'' said Aleisha Cramer, the U.S. captain who left the game in the 72nd minute after colliding face first with defender Amy Steadman. ``We had them beaten and somehow we let them get back in the game.''
The Americans, who won this event last year, used an inexperienced squad in facing Norway for the first time since the Olympics. The Norwegians won in overtime in Sydney last year for the gold medal.
Norway, with 13 players from its Olympic team, scored three straight goals in the last 17 minutes. After Norway opened the scoring, the United States received consecutive goals from Ally Marquand, Laura Schott and Catherine Redick.
Ragnhild Gulbrandsen had three goals for Norway, with Anne Tonnessen getting the winner in the 88th minute on a sharply angled volley.
China routed Canada 5-1 to win the bronze medal. Host Portugal finished last in the eight-team tournament after losing 3-1 to Finland.