The Canadians finished second at this year’s Algarve Cup. (Canada Soccer photo)

Defending Algarve Cup champion Canada wasn’t able to convert on numerous chances and fell 1-0 to  in the event’s championship match.
Placing second, Canada leaves the Algarve Cup 2017 with a 2-1-1 record against four European teams preparing to compete in the UEFA Women’s Euro tournament later this year.
“The Algarve Cup is always a great tournament – one of the best in the world,” said Canada’s coach, John Herdman. “It brings in a variety of teams, from Asia, Europe and the Americas, which gives it that little bit extra quality. You get to play against different styles of play, and Spain was a good style for us to match up against tonight. They were a really good opponent. They’ve shown their quality throughout the tournament, and are peaking to be ready for the Euros, so they look a good prospect for that tournament.”
The 2017 XXIV Algarve Women’s Cup featured 12 nations broken out into three groups.  Canada faced Denmark, Portugal and Russia in Group 1.  Group 2 consisted of Iceland, Japan, Norway and Spain; while Group 3 consisted of Australia, China PR, Netherlands and Sweden.
Canada next plays in Sweden on April 6 and in Germany on April 8, before coming home for a two game series against Costa Rica on June 8 in Winnipeg and on June 11 in Toronto.  Tickets are now on sale for both home matches.

– Canada Soccer