Birgit Prinz hit two more goals as Germany outclassed Norway to run up a 4-0 victory.
Prolific striker Birgit Prinz hit two more goals as the world’s top team Germany outclassed third-ranked Norway to run up a 4-0 victory that put them at the head of Group A after the second round of matches at the Algarve Cup.
Prinz bagged her brace within the space of three second half minutes after Anja Mittag had given the Germans a 1-0 interval lead. Substitute Conny Pohlers completed the scoring to leave Germany three points ahead of both Norway and Sweden.
The Swedes, beaten 2-1 by Germany on Wednesday, bounced back to beat China 2-0 with Frida Ostberg and Sara Johansson scoring the goals, both of which came in the last 10 minutes of the first half.
America went three points clear at the top of Group B through a 3-0 win against Finland, who will be England’s first opponents at the Women’s Euro 2005 in June. Christie Welsh hit the USA’s first two goals and Abby Wambach grabbed the third.
France, who went down narrowly to the Americans on Wednesday, moved up to joint second in the table with Denmark after beating the Danes 2-1 with goals from Marinette Pichon and Corinne Diacre. Merete Pedersen hit Denmark’s reply.
England’s 4-0 victory over Portugal not only put them at the top of Group C but also made them the tournament’s top scorers to date with eight goals, two more than Germany and three more than the third-highest scorers, Denmark.
Birmingham City winger Rachel Yankey was on target twice for England against the host nation, the other goals coming from Charlton Athletic defender Casey Stoney and Birmingham striker Amanda Barr.
England lead the group on goal difference ahead of Mexico, who maintained their 100 per cent record with a 2-0 win against Northern Ireland. Patricia Perez and captain Monica Gonzales were the Mexican scorers.
Those results mean that, in their final group match on Sunday, England need only a draw with Mexico to finish at the head of Group C. But Hope Powell’s team will doubtless be going all out for what would be a sixth successive victory.