Netherlands were good value for their win against China on the opening day of the Algarve Women’s Cup 2017. It was a sunny but windy day, temperature 17ºC. An early goal by Jansen, which the China goalkeeper probably should have stopped, was almost equalised soon afterwards after a terrible fumble by the Dutch ‘keeper but, luckily for her, the ball bounced just on the goal line before she grabbed it again.
Netherlands controlled the game well, especially for the first 35 minutes or so of the second half. Then the Chinese woke up and started to really press, but the defence held firm.
The game was watched by a decent crowd of about 500, including many Chinese.
Match details – the venue is incorrect the game was played in Albufeira.
Match results and fixtures http://www.zerozero.pt/edition.php?id=103526
A few pictures I took. I will take the other, better, camera to the Japan v Iceland game tomorrow.