Algarve Cup match-day 4

France - Sweden 3-2 (1-1)
Sweden's two main weakneses of late - letting in goals on set pieces and not creating enough scoring opportunities - showed this time too. Two french goals on corners and the absense of Victoria Svensson and Hanna Ljungberg was appearent in the offense. And resting players like Jane Törnqvist, Kicki Bengtsson and Hanna Marklund in the starting 11 was maybe not the best recipe for winning. On the postive: the young girls have done really good and the team did reasonably good against Germany and France, that are both mid-season while Sweden is still in pre-season preparations.

Sweden's line-up: Caroline Jönsson, Malmö FF - Sara Larsson, Linköping (Hanna Marklund, Sunnanå subbed in at 45), Karolina Westberg, Umeå, Malin Nykvist, Djurgården/Älvsjö, Sara Thunebro, Djurgården/Älvsjö (Kristin Bengtsson, Djurgården/Älvsjö in at 81) - Frida Östberg, Umeå - Malin Moström, Umeå, Therese Sjögran, Malmö FF (subbed out for Caroline Seger, Linköping at 61), Malin Andersson, Malmö FF (subbed out at 61 for Anna Sjöström, Umeå) - Salina Olsson, Hammarby (Lotta Schelin, Kopparbergs/Göteborg came in at 71), Sara Johansson, Djurgården/Älvsjö
Svensk Fotboll

Malin Andersson and Kicki Bengtsson both played their 147th national team match, one more than Pia Sundhage's old record. "Well, that was about bloody time", was Pia's reaction, "but they can come back when they've played 22 years in the national team, like I and [goalkeeper Elisabeth] Leidinge have."

USA - Germany 1-0 (1-0)
KIF Örebro's Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf both played the full match in a convincing victory.

Mexico - Finland 1-1 (0-1)
Finland escaped defeat for the first time in this year's Algarve Cup thank's to a mexican own goal. Sanna Valkonen, Umeå, Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Linköping, Anne Mäkinen, Umeå, Jessica Julin, Umeå and Laura Kalmari, Djurgården/Älvsjö all played the full match.


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