ALGARVE U-19: Portugal, China run amok, England draw in tournament opener

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China U-19 storms past Switzerland in Algarve Cup opener

China and hosts Portugal went on a rampage while England and Norway drew as the 2018 Algarve U-19 Women’s Cup commenced on Wednesday 17 January.

In the tournament opener, China dismantled Switzerland 5-0 with Xie Qiwen and Wang Yanwen netting a brace apiece.

Elsewhere, hosts Portugal stormed to a 3-1 win over ten-player Republic of Ireland,

Ireland went down a player after defender Ruddy saw red immediately after the breather.

The late kickoff proved a much tighter affair with England and Norway settling for a 1-1 draw.

After a scoreless first half, Sophie Roman gave England the lead in the 72nd minute but Ella Toone leveled for Norway 10 minutes later.

World Cup buildup

The showdown continues on Friday with Portugal taking on Switzerland, Netherlands facing China and England meeting Republic of Ireland.

China, England and Netherlands are using the tournament to intensify preparations ahead of the 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup in August.

Netherlands and England qualified for the World Cup last August after clinching a berth at the 2017 UEFA U-19 Women’s Championship.

China followed suit in October,  finishing third in the 2017 AFC U-19 Women’s Championship.

The senior annual, by-invitational 2018 Algarve Women’s Cup is set for March.

It will feature 12 nations as preparations for the 2019 Women’s World Cup pick pace as well.

Algarve U-19 Friday (19 Jan) fixtures

Portugal v Switzerland

Netherland v China

England v Republic of Ireland

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