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OCT 27
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Gomes scores first goal as Portugal finishes 3rd at Algarve; More international results
Full Algarve and Cyprus Cup results
Nadia Gomes was drafted in the third round of the 2018 NWSL College Draft by the Orlando Pride. (Photo credit: Jose L. Argueta/isiphotos.com)
Nadia Gomes was drafted in the third round of the 2018 NWSL College Draft by the Orlando Pride. (Photo credit: Jose L. Argueta/isiphotos.com)

Orlando Pride draft pick Nadia Gomes scored her first international goal as Portugal topped Australia 2-1 to finish third at the Algarve Cup.

 

It’s their best finish ever at the tournament, which has taken place in Portugal every year since 1994.

 

Gomes was selected with the No. 23 overall pick in January’s NWSL College Draft. Her goal on Wednesday came in the 38th minute.

Australia had a chance to tie the game in the 85th minute after Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr was fouled in the box, but Orlando Pride midfielder Emily van Egmond’s penalty was saved.

 

Vanessa Marques scored the eventual game winner for Portugal in the 56th minute. Caitlin Cooper had Australia’s only goal.

 

Elsewhere in the Algarve Cup, the final between Sweden and the Netherlands was called off because of heavy rain. It’s the first time in the tournament’s history that there will be co-champions. Korea Republic and Norway’s game for seventh place was also called off.

 

Canada beat Japan 2-0 behind goals from Sky Blue FC forward Janine Beckie and Ashley Lawrence in the fifth place game. Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair did not add to her 172 goals in the game, but did assist on Lawrence’s goal.

 

Iceland beat Denmark in penalty kicks for ninth place. China took 11th place with a 2-1 win over Russia.

 

 

In the Cyprus Cup, Spain beat Italy 2-0 to win the title. Korea DPR took third place with a  2-1 win over Switzerland.

In the fifth place game, South Africa lost 2-1 Belgium. New Houston Dash forward Thembi Kgatlana was named Cyprus Cup MVP following her performance in the tournament for South Africa.

Wales fell to Austria in penalty kicks in the seventh place game.

The Czech Republic topped Slovakia 5-2 in the ninth place game. Finland beat Hungary 2-0 for 11th place.

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