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Portugal loses and finishes Algarve Cup in last place

With no fans on the stands, in order to prevent contagion by the new coronavirus, the Swedes naturally triumphed, with goals from Sofia Jakobsson (45 + 2) and Fridolina Rolfo (51), imposing the third defeat in three games played by the Portuguese in tournament, after failures against Italy (2-1) and Belgium (1-0).

The Portuguese coach Francisco Neto made nine changes in the ‘eleven’, repeating only Carole Costa and Dolores Silva in relation to the defeat with the Belgian team on Saturday.

Sweden showed its favoritism on the field – it is fifth in the world ‘ranking’ and was third in the 2019 World Championship – since the opening whistle and, in a few minutes, Inês Pereira was called to action twice, defending the attempts by Fridolina Rolfo (five minutes) and Sofia Jakobsson (12).

Playing with a very low block, the Portuguese team, who lost Joana Marchão to injury on 25 minutes (clash of heads with Fridolina Rolfo), left Mélissa Gomes very alone in front of the attack, making difficult both the organized attack and the exits in transition.

It was natural that a dominant Sweden came to the advantage, already in the discounts of the first part (45 + 2), by Sofia Jakobsson, after a good individual play from the right flank.

At the start of the second half, at 51 minutes, the Scandinavian team increased the difference, in a ‘hangover’ kick at the entrance of the area of ​​Fridolina Rolfo, after an incomplete cut from the Portuguese defensive sector.

With Sweden missing the third goal after the hour – Rebecka Blomqvist, in the small area, missed the target in an incredible way (60) -, Portugal started to react, but, despite having approached the Swedish goal, created no concrete danger.

Portugal will return to action next April, with two qualifying matches for Euro2021, facing Finland (10th) and Scotland (14), both out.

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