Created on 2015-03-12 at 13:30 PM
In Melanie Leupolz’s 25th cap, the German women’s national team sought revenge for their opening 2-4 loss to Sweden with a deserved 2-1 win, earning the Germans third place at this year’s Algarve Cup.
German national coach Silvia Neid switched things up after the victory over Brazil, adding six new key players to the starting line-up, with FC Bayern’s Leonie Maier and Melanie Leupolz on the roster. The Germans started out at a fast pace, similar to the first encounter with the Swedes in their opening loss of the group stage, but were able to get an early 1-0 lead thanks to Anja Mittag (3.). The Swedes increasingly improved throughout the first half and had a number of scoring opportunities. Just before the end of the first half, the DFB women had another opportunity to score but Simone Laudehr’s shot just passed the post (35.).
The second half began with an early goal from sub Alexandra Popp (52.), however the Swedes answered shortly afterwards with their first and only goal of the game (64.). Towards the end, FCB player Melanie Leupolz was able to make an appearance in her 25th cap for Germany (78.), coming on for Sara Däbritz, who will be joining the FC Bayern women in the summer. The Germans were able to keep the Swedes at bay for the duration of the game, earning them a deserved 2-1 victory and third place at this year’s Algarve Cup.
Match for 9th Place: Iceland-Japan (0-2)
Dagny Brynjarsdottir’s Iceland fought hard in the match for ninth place against reigning world champions Japan, ultimately conceding two goals in their 0-2 loss.
Match for 7th Place: Switzerland-Brazil (1-4)
Switzerland met Brazil for the first time in their history in the match for seventh place with the help of FCB players Vanessa Bürki and captain Caroline Abbé. Ultimately the Swiss suffered a defeat, scoring only once in their 1-4 loss to the Brazilians.
Match for 9th Place: Finland-South Africa (2-1)
Tinja Korpela’s Finns were able to defeat South Africa 2-1, their first victory at the Cyprus Cup, securing 9th place.
Match for 7th Place: Netherlands-Scotland (1-3)
Bayern forward and goal-scorer from the previous game against England, Vivianne Miedema, was not in the starting line-up in the match for seventh place of the Cyprus Cup. Kim Little scored twice for the Scots (17., 55.). The Oranje women’s first goal by Anouk Hoogendijk (71.) gave the Dutch hope, though this was soon crushed by Kim Little’s third goal, earning the Scots a victory and 7th place.
Match for 3rd Place: Italy-Mexico (2-3)
Katja Schroffenegger was in goal for the Italians in the match for third place at the Cyprus Cup, with the assistance of FCB teammate Raffaella Manieri in defense. Just before the end of the first half, the Mexicans were able to get an early lead. The Italians opened up the second half with two goals (53., 69.) to give them hope, however Mexico answered with their second and third goals (87., 88.), resulting in a 2-3 loss for the Squadra Azzurre.
Match for third Place: Austria – France (B Team) 2-1
The Austrians were given a hard time by France’s B Team, however were able to take control and secure third place with goals by Sarah Zadrazil (59.) and Nicole Billa (61.). FCB’s Carina Wenninger played the full 90 minutes, Manuela Zinsberger was substituted in the 85th minute for Anna Carina Kristler, and Viktoria Schnaderbeck had no active minutes.