Canada falls 3-1 to Sweden at Algarve Cup women’s soccer tournament

ALGARVE, Portugal — Canada fell 3-1 to Sweden on Wednesday in its opening match of the 2018 Algarve Cup women’s soccer tournament.

Mimmi Larsson, Fridolina Rolfo and Stina Blackstenus scored for Sweden, which capitalized on Canada’s defensive errors.

Janine Beckie scored for Canada, the Algarve Cup winner in 2017 and runner-up last year.

Larsson scored just before half when she jumped on a loose ball and beat Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe.

Canada drew level in the 47th minute. Allysha Chapman sent a ball down the pitch for Nichelle Prince, who beat her mark and shot on net, and Beckie banged in the rebound.

Sweden responded in the 52nd minute, with Rolfo’s shot from the wing to make it 2-1, then Sweden capped the scoring in the 87th minute when Blackstenus scored following an errant pass Canadian pass in front of Labbe.

Canada will next play Russia on Friday and South Korea on Monday.

“Despite the score line, we saw a lot of positives in this match,” said Kenneth Heiner-Moller after his first match as head coach of Canada’s senior women’s soccer team. “There are certainly things we will take away and work on before we face Russia, but overall the players put a lot out there tonight and we are proud of them.

“We’ve asked this team to be the most creative group in this tournament and to continue building on the efforts that saw Canada draw the USA in November — a tactically creative, enjoyable form of soccer — and they did that tonight.”

The match saw the return of veteran Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson, who had been sidelined since anterior cruciate ligament surgery in 2016. Her last match was Canada’s win against host Brazil in the bronze-medal match at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Just Posted

Survey suggests many Red Deer-area employers ready to hire in early 2019

Red Deer-area employers expect a hopeful hiring climate in the first quarter… Continue reading

Experts offer tips about how to prevent online ad spoilers during the holidays

Looking to prevent your Christmas surprises from being spoiled by online ads… Continue reading

Fast-expanding seafood giant joins Irvings, McCains as N.B. business royalty

FREDERICTON — For the Irvings, it was Bouctouche. For the McCains, Florenceville.… Continue reading

Washington state combats collisions with new wildlife bridge

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final… Continue reading

Dumba scores twice, Wild rout Canadiens 7-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Reeling and banged up, the Minnesota Wild were… Continue reading

Coach Hunter wants up-tempo Team Canada as world junior squad hits ice

COLWOOD, B.C. — Team Canada coach Tim Hunter says the team that… Continue reading

Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

NEW YORK — A study organized by Time’s Up, the organization formed… Continue reading

Price Is Right contestant wins winter trip to Winnipeg, Churchill

WINNIPEG — Who wants to visit Winnipeg in the dead of winter?… Continue reading

CBC Gem streaming service to launch exclusive content, partners with Wattpad

TORONTO — The CBC has launched a new streaming service featuring live… Continue reading

‘Part of the solution:’ Alberta seeks proposals to build new refinery

EDMONTON — Alberta is looking for someone to build a new oil… Continue reading

Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns: experts

Lisa Clyburn knew she had found the perfect gift for her nine-year-old… Continue reading

Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio and Adriana Leon up for top CONCACAF awards

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco and Jonathan Osorio are up for CONCACAF male… Continue reading

Most Read