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Morgan's goal sets up USA-Germany final
by Paul Kennedy, March 11th, 2013 6:34PM

TAGS:  germany, sweden, women's national team


[ALGARVE CUP] Alex Morgan's goal in the 56th minute earned the U.S. women's national team a 1-1 tie against Sweden, coached by its former coach Pia Sundhage, and a berth in Wednesday's Algarve Cup championship game against Germany (TV: pay-per-view, 1 p.m. ET). The tie also preserved the USA's unbeaten streak of 28 games that has extended back more than a year to last year's Algarve Cup.

Morgan's goal on a header off a Megan Rapinoe corner kick canceled out Lisa Dahlkvist's goal from 40 yards in the fourth minute and moved the USA into its 10th Algarve Cup final in the past 11 years.

The USA finished with an 18-5 edge in shots but could not convert on any of its late chances to win the game. It only needed a tie to advance to the final against Germany, which clinched the Group A title with a 2-0 win over Norway.

It was the first game the USA has played against Sweden since Sundhage took over her native country.

-- Tobin Heath, usually a flank midfielder, started the game in the middle at attacking midfield as Carli Lloyd was held out due to a shoulder injury.

-- Ashlyn Harris earned her first cap at the senior level in goal for the USA. Jill Loyden, who started the Algarve Cup opener, suffered a broken bone in her left hand during training on Thursday and will be out of action for up to three months. Midfielder Lauren Cheney also left Portugal due to a family matter.

CYPRUS CUP. Christine Sinclair scored for the second consecutive match since returning from a FIFA suspension, and her 145th international goal stood up for a 1-0 win over the Netherlands that moved Canada into the final of the Cyprus Cup. Canada will face England, a 3-1 winner over New Zealand, in Wednesday's final.

FRANCE-BRAZIL. France and Brazil played to their second straight tie on Saturday. Louisa Necib scored six minutes into second-half stoppage time for the host Bleues after former Boston College star Laura Georges had put Brazil ahead with an own goal in Rouen. Eugenie Le Sommer missed a penalty for France. Brazil, which was without Marta, had held France to a 2-2 tie in Nancy three days earlier.

March 11 in Lagos
USA 1 Sweden 1. Goals: Morgan 56; Dahlkvist 4.
USA -- Harris; Krieger, Sauerbrunn, Rampone, O'Hara; O'Reilly (Press, 80), Boxx (Engen, 85), Heath (Averbuch, 72), Rapinoe; Morgan, Wambach (Leroux, 72)
Sweden -- Hammarstrom; Berglund (Svensson, 69), Fischer, Thunebro, Nilsson (Samuelsson, 62); Dahlkvist (Folkesson, 74), Goransson, Almgren (Konradssson, 46), Seger; Schelin (Schough, 79), Asllani (Jakobsson, 62).
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland).
Att.: 750.

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