Japanese women post 1-0 win over U.S. in Algarve Cup
Japan beat the U.S. women’s soccer team, just like last summer. And this time, the Japanese didn’t need penalty kicks.
Megumi Takase scored on a 6yard header off Aya Miyama’s corner kick in the 84th minute to give the world champions a 1-0 victory Monday at Faro, Portugal, in a rematch of last year’s World Cup championship game.
The Japanese became the first team in more than three years to hold the Americans scoreless and advanced to a matchup against Germany in the Algarve Cup final.
The Americans, who had been seeking their third straight title and ninth overall in the annual tournament, finished second in Group B with a 2-1 record and will play Sweden in the third-place game Wednesday. The U.S. had gone 58 consecutive games without being shut out since a 0-0 tie against South Korea on Nov. 5, 2008. to three years in a California state prison Monday after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement.
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