The Icelandic national women’s football team lost to China 2-1 in the Algarve Cup in Portugal yesterday, placing sixth. Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir scored the goal for Iceland in the 45th minute of the game.
“It is a very positive and important experience for the girls. They are in their preparation phase, they haven’t reached the proper shape, but the participation in this tournament is incredibly valuable for what comes next,” Iceland’s coach Sigurdur Ragnar Eyjólfsson told mbl.is.
What comes next is the UEFA European Championship, which kicks off in Finland on August 23. Iceland qualified for the championship for the first time with a 3-0 victory over Ireland in October last year.
Iceland started the Algarve Cup with an unexpected 3-1 victory over Norway last week, followed by three losses, against the US, Denmark and China. All of these teams rank among the best in the world.
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