US women win Four Nations Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

The United States registered a convincing two-nil victory over Canada to win the Four Nations women's soccer tournament in Shenzen.

US women win Four Nations Cup

Shenzen:

The United States registered a convincing two-nil victory over Canada to win the Four Nations women's soccer tournament in Shenzen, China on Tuesday. Elsewhere, hosts China drew with the 2003 World Cup runners-up Sweden two-all to finish second in the tournament. Canada came last having finished with no win and no goals to their credit. Two-goal winThe Americans, the former world champions and heavy favourites, needed a win against their rivals to emerge as champions of the tournament. And the United States went about their task in a very professional way. They took the lead after 13 minutes as Lindsay Tarpley, playing her first overseas international match, beat the Canadian 'keeper Karina LeBlanc with a cleanly-struck shot to make it one-nil for her team. The American girls doubled the lead in the 36th minute with a penalty. Abby Wambach, the U.S. player of the year for 2003, was brought down in the Canadian penalty box and Joy Fawcett stepped up to convert the spot-kick. Two-nil to the States. Defensive tacticsHaving established the lead, the United States became very defensive later on as they hung on to their two-goal advantage and finished worthy winners. The Americans were without two key World Cup veterans, star forward Mia Hamm and defender Brandi Chastain, who are expected to return to the team for Olympic qualifying which begins on February the 25th in Costa Rica. The U.S.A., the only team not to have conceded a goal in the tournament, won the Four Nations competition in the process, having beaten Sweden three-nil in the first match and then drew nil-nil with hosts China in the second. The Four Nations tournament, now in its third year, is traditionally a warm-up for Olympic qualifiers which start later this month. (AP)



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