March 1, 2010

US and Germany Advance to Algarve Final

Lauren Cheney's brace led the US to a 2-0 victory over Sweden and a berth in the Algarve Cup final. Germany advanced to the final from Group A with an easy 5-0 victory over China.

The US and Sweden played a scoreless first half, but Cheney subbed in at the break and it proved to be a fortuitous move by Pia Sundhage. Cheney scored her first in the 56th minute and added another in the waning moments of the match. For Cheney, it was her 2nd and 3rd goals of the competition. Lori Lindsey assisted on Cheney's second goal, giving her an assist in each match of the tournament.

The Germans were dominating in Group A, outscoring their three opponents by 16-0. The final will be played on Wednesday.

In other Algarve action, Norway edged Iceland 3-2 and Denmark won over Finland by a 2-1 margin.