Algarve Cup: Day one wrap

The Westfield Matildas got off to the perfect start at the Algarve Cup with a thrilling last-minute win over Norway. 

But what happened across the rest of the action in Portugal? We take a look. 


Australia needed a last-minute winner from Larissa Crummer to edge Norway 4-3 in a rain-soaked seven-goal thriller.

Sam Kerr also broke another record, scoring in a seventh consecutive international.

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Hosts Portugal also got off to a winning start, beating China 2-1 with all of the goals coming in the last third of the game.

China were reduced to ten players with seven minutes to go.

The two unbeaten sides - Australia and Portugal - will meet at 2am Saturday morning (AEDT) with Norway and China clashing at the same time.


South Korea recovered from conceding an early goal to overcome Russia 3-1.

The South Koreas equalised just before half-time and added two more in the second spell.

Sweden were also 3-1 winners, overcoming Canada in their opening match.

With the scores locked at 1-1 after 52 minutes, Bayern Munich striker Fridolina Rolfo took Sweden ahead with Stina Blackstenius adding the third late on.

Once again the two unbeaten sides clash next with Sweden and South Korea meeting at 6am on Saturday (AEST) while Russia and Canada go in search of their first points at the same time.


The Netherlands were the biggest day one winners, thumping Japan 6-2.

Five of the goals came in the first half with the world's seventh-ranked side flexing their muscles early in the tournament.

It was much tighter in the other match, with Iceland and Denmark playing out a goalless draw.

The Netherlands will look to carry their good form into Saturday morning's clash with the Danes, while Japan will look to bounce back against Iceland.