Kuala Lumpur: China PR ended their campaign on a high, Australia and Japan suffered disappointing losses, and Korea Republic fell victim to the elements on an action-packed final day of the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
CANADA 2 (Beckie 20’, Lawrence 50’)
Canada earned their first win over Japan in a decade, scoring in each half to claim a 2-0 victory in the playoff for fifth.
The reigning Asian champions – fresh from consecutive wins over Iceland and Denmark – fell behind when Janine Beckie’s magnificent curling strike left Ayaka Yamashita helpless in the 20th minute.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ashley Lawrence then made Canada’s position even more commanding when she pounced a misunderstanding between Saki Kumagai and Yamashita to make it 2-0 just after half time......
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